AAHomecare Launches HME Supply Chain Survey

The effort aims to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on HME providers’ supply chain in order to help build the case to delay competitive bidding implementation by one year. The deadline to take the survey is April 21.

The American Association for Homecare is urging HME providers and equipment vendors to take a short survey aiming to quantify how much the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) has boosted their costs and disrupted the industry’s supply chains.

The ultimate goal is to help further compound the industry’s case that CMS should delay implementing the next round of competitive bidding by at least one year due to the COVID-19 PHE’s upheaval in the marketplace for HME and related items. The association began advocating for the delay, as well as other policy changes, last month to help HME providers continue serving patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has requested that AAHomecare gather data on the pandemic’s impact on our HME Industry,” a statement from AAHomecare about the new survey read. “Please take this important survey to share how your business has been affected, and how you believe your business will be impacted over the next few months.”

There are two versions of the survey, one for HME providers and one for manufacturers and distributors:

The deadline to fill out the survey is close of business April 21. AAHomecare has advised that one person per company should complete the form.

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