Legislative


House Passes the Lymphedema Treatment Act

The legislation would require CMS to reimburse the cost of compression garments needed for ongoing lymphedema treatment.

Advocates Call for Changes to Wheelchair Repair Bill

AAHomecare, NCART and HOMES send a letter calling on the leadership of the Massachusetts legislature to make several changes to SB 3136.

Providers Urged to Help End-of-Year DME Reimbursement Relief

AAHomecare calls on HME providers to tell their Senators and Representatives to include two key DME reimbursement provisions in any year-end omnibus spending legislation.

Ind. Providers Secure ARPA Fund Eligibility

Industry advocates work to ensure that Indiana HME providers qualify for ARPA relief funds equaling 8.1% of their qualified Medicaid billing.

Medtrade News

AAHomecare Update: Challenges, Priorities and Strategy

The update from the national HME association’s panel of experts itemizes central agenda items for the industry when it comes to legislation, regulatory affairs and payer relations.

Medtrade News

Jim Walsh Honored as 2022 Van Miller Homecare Champion

The American Association for Homecare’s Tom Ryan recognized the VGM Group Chairman at Tuesday’s AAHomecare Update, and offered additional words at the Stand Up for Homecare benefit.

Interview

Stand Up for Homecare: Catching up and Making Connections

AAHomecare’s annual event benefits industry advocacy and patient groups. The association’s president and CEO Tom Ryan shares what will make this year’s event special.

Industry Preps for H.R. 6641 Advocacy Push

AAHomecare aims to leverage a resurgence in grassroots lobbying to drive support for the DMEPOS Relief Act in hopes of attaching its provisions to an omnibus spending bill.

Power Seat Elevation and Standing Sign-on Letter Hits Senate

The letter to CMS thanks the agency for moving power seat elevation forward, asks for timeline and asks for public comments on power standing.

AAHomecare Legislative Event Notches 240-plus Meetings

HME advocates participating in Sept. 21 Virtual Washington Legislative Conference met with nearly 10 percent more House and Senate offices in push to advance various industry objectives.



AAHomecare Calls on HMEs to Join Legislative Conference

Association says there is still time for providers to sign up for its Sept. 21 Virtual Washington Legislative Conference, in which HME stakeholders will meet with lawmakers and staff via Zoom.

VGM Opens DME Industry Disaster Cost Survey

VGM Government Relations is surveying providers on expenses incurred from natural disasters to show CMS true costs DME suppliers incur and make reimbursement recommendations.

AAHomecare Accepting Homecare Champion Nominations

The association will accept nominations for the 2022 Van Miller Homecare Champion through Sept. 23, with winners to be honored at the Standup for Homecare reception during Medtrade East.

Seat Elevation Signature Push Continues

NCART reminds mobility stakeholders and providers that they have until Sept. 14 to submit public comments urging CMS to reimburse power seat elevation systems for power wheelchairs.

AAHomecare Preps for Washington Legislative Conference

Registration is currently underway, and the association is urging providers to register right away so that they can prepare for training and the actual meetings with lawmakers and staff.

CMS Opens NCD Reconsideration for Seat Elevation Systems

A public comment period is open until Sept. 14, and HME advocates are urging all members of the industry, and particularly CRT stakeholders, to submit. Notably, the reconsideration does not include power standing systems.

AAHomecare, CMS Meet on Bidding, Reimbursement

Discussion between senior association staff and leaders at the agency indicates that CMS doesn’t look likely to start a new round of competitive bidding this year.

22 Lawmakers Back Oxygen Letter

The Congressional sign-on letter asks CMS to adopt a clear, standardized template letter for home oxygen equipment and supplies.

Podcast

Prepping the Push for Medicare Seat Elevation Funding

Could Medicare finally fund seat elevation systems for power wheelchairs? A key meeting held last week could set the stage for an upcoming public comment campaign calling to revise the NCD.

Observation Deck

It’s Time to Go ‘All In’ on HME Advocacy

Make your voice heard on Medicare reimbursement policy by joining the Virtual 2022 Washington Legislative Conference on Sept. 21.

HME Business Podcast