Legislative


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.

CRT Bill Poised to Launch in House

Draft language now available for legislation that will protect manual CRT accessories from competitive bidding.

HME Woman of the Year Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

Aug. 14. is the last day to submit nominations for competition recognizing women who have impacted the industry

Patient Access Survey Now Live

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

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.

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.

Observation Deck

Counting the Troubling Numbers

Declining provider numbers pose a threat to patients, caregivers & clinicians. What's the right strategy for the industry to combat this?

Study Will Assess Patients’ HME Access

AAHomecare-commissioned effort will examine how bidding has impacted medical equipment access in bid and non-bid areas.



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.

Number of Providers Continues to Slip

Provider numbers see significant drop from 2013 to now, including provider of major HME categories such as wheelchairs and oxygen.

Nominations Open for 2017 HME Woman of the Year Award

Program recognizes women who are strong industry supporters; VGM Group accepting nominations through August 14.

Hawaii Legislates Assistance for Family Caregivers

State offers voucher to help families pay for support services for elders, a growing segment of the population.

TRICARE to Comply with CURES Act

Letters from military insurance program indicate it will work with providers to adjust past claims to align with CURES reimbursement rates.

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.

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?

House Sign-On Letter Continues Gathering Traction

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

SBA Members Also Prep Letter for Price, Verma

Similar to general House sign-on letter, the SBA version calls for various bidding reforms that would help small providers stay in business.

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