Competitive Bidding


Rural Bid Relief Bill to Debut in Early November

Nascent legislation would remedy not only national bid expansion, but the oxygen ‘double-dip,’ as well.

Recently Completed Patient Access Survey Assists Advocacy

Compelling statistics show that patients are having difficulty accessing needed DME suppliers and their case managers and discharge planners share their frustration.

National Bid Expand Created Widespread Difficulties in HME Access

Advanced highlights from report show that 52 percent of Medicare beneficiaries had trouble accessing HME since July 1, 2016.

Consumer Groups Lobby Congress on Behalf of H.R.-3730

Letter calls on lawmakers to support legislation that would protect manual CRT chair accessories from competitive bid pricing.

VGM Video Shows How Bidding Has Hurt Provider Population

The video shows how greatly the number of providers have fallen since 2013, and engages viewers to lobby lawmakers on behalf of DME.

House Sign-on Letter Calls for Rural Relief IFR

Providers urged to help lobby lawmakers to back letter asking OMB Director to clear Interim Final Rule that would resume blended rates for rural providers.

AAHomecare Shows CMS Patient Access Survey Results

Updated data collected by association shows increased difficulty in DME access; survey remains open until Sept. 13.

Provider Strategy

Analyzing HME's Future

What's in store for the HME market from 2017 and beyond.



Patient Access Survey Enjoys Heavy Response

While patients, stakeholders help push survey beyond its response goals, research effort is still open to more participants.

Second Quarter Audit Key Deadline Extended to Aug. 25

AAHomecare reminds providers that the survey doesn’t require individual claims data, but rather cumulative totals on specific audit metrics.

Patient Access Survey Now Live

Providers, case managers, beneficiaries urged to share their experience of how competitive bidding has hurt access to HME.

Providers Urged to Give August Lobbying Push a Boost

With potential legislation possibly on the horizon, HME advocates hope to set the stage with some concentrated lobbying during congressional recess.

AAHomecare Calls for Access, Audit Input

Association urges providers to submit data for 2nd quarter Audit Key survey, and to help lay groundwork for broad participation in patient access survey.

Forty-nine Senators Back Rural Relief Letter

Lawmakers in the upper chamber back Congressional call on HHS, CMS leadership to use regulatory authority to completely comply with CURES Act.

Rural Relief Letter Garners Solid Support

Follow-up to the House letter, the Senate letter has attracted from nearly half the upper chamber.

Support Called for Rural Reform Sign-on Letter

Deadline for Senators to sign their names to the letter has been extended to July 11.

CMS Exempts CRT Accessories from Bidding-Derived Pricing

Concerted advocacy push combined with sympathetic agency leadership and lawmaker involvement pays off with protection for CRT providers, patients.

House Letter Offers Tool for Regulatory Reform

The Congressional sign-on letter wrapped with 154 signatures, giving Price, Verma leverage for internal bidding reforms at CMS.

House Sign-On Letter Continues Gathering Traction

Letter to Price, Verma calling for various bid reforms now boast more than 100 lawmakers’ signatures.

The TRICARE Question

TRICARE and other payers that tie their rates to Medicare have yet to adjust reimbursement per the CURES Act. What’s being done to change that?

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