Legislative


CMS Awards Round Two Recompete Contracts

Announcement follows March release of SPAs; CMS executed 586 DMEPOS competitive bidding program contracts.

Reps. Blackburn, Ellmers to Speak at Washington Legislative Conference

Industry champions will share insights with attendees at May 25-26 industry advocacy event.

AAHomecare, Advocates Hit the Hill

Industry legislative experts have been meeting with legislators for a week to push for S. 2736 and rural bid expansion reform.

CMS Slates Next DME Open Door Forum

May 4 conference call will address various agenda items, including implementation of prior authorization.

New Senate Bill Boosts Disabled Vets Financial Stability

Sens. Thune, Schatz launch bill that would provide disabled veterans with a permanent COLA adjustment.

Industry Prepares for Fast-Approaching AAHomecare Washington Conference

At the top of the May 25-26 event’s agenda are efforts to drive support for legislation that would delay next round of national bid expansion cuts.

Senate Finance Committee Pushes for Expansion Delay

Leadership of key committee in upper chamber urge HHS to delay the July 1 round of cuts that will impact rural patients, providers.

Audit Key: MAC Prepayment Audits Averaged 12% for New Patients

First round of data from Fourth Quarter of 2015 yield a variety of results that take first step in documenting impact of audits on HME providers, patients.



NCART Hosts CRT Briefing and Product Expo

April 21 event in Washington, D.C. aims to increase Congress members’ understanding of CRT, drive support for CRT legislation.

Rural Bid Reform Garners More Support

S.2736 adds Sens. Stabenow, Lankford to pool of co-sponsors for reform of national bidding expansion.

Respiratory Groups Push for Ventilator Coverage Changes

Leading clinician groups submit reconsideration of current Medicare NCD for home ventilators, including bi-level devices, to CMS.

Audit Key’s Date for Entering First Quarter Data Fast Approaching

Providers can submit their information into the special audit tracking program starting on April 15.

Round Two Re-Compete Sees 7.1 Percent Overall Cut

AAHomecare analysis: Nearly every product category impacted by the re-compete suffered reimbursement cuts.

AAHomecare Outlines S.2736 Action Plan

Association calls on industry to help push legislation in Senate while priming House lawmakers to back nascent companion bill due in April.

Round Two Re-Compete: Reimbursement Continues to Slide

Initial analysis from AAHomecare shows latest SPAs show significant cuts sprinkled with mixed gains.

Bidding Relief Bill Launched in Senate

Sens. Thune and Heitkamp introduce Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act to delay national bid expansion’s July 1 reimbursement cuts.

Scientific Journal Covers Study on Bidding’s Impact on Diabetes Care

Diabetes Care covers pivotal study showed that Round One saw disrupted access to supplies.

CMS Unveils Latest Round Two SPAs, Contract Offers

AAHomecare currently analyzing reimbursement cuts, but initial industry reaction is that the latest re-compete hits providers hard.

Coming Bidding Reform Legislation Includes Key Provision

Bill would prohibit CMS from using payment amounts from pervious bids as the ceiling for future bids.

AAHomecare Commissions Study of Provider Costs

Association contracts with consulting firm to definitively study costs associated with providing HME and related services

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