Legislative


House Passes Cures Bill

The 21st Century Cures Act provides six months of retroactive relief for rural providers suffering from national bid expansion.

NCAMES Morphs Into ACMESA

North Carolina HME association grows to also represent Virginia; becomes Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Services Association.

Trump Names Rep. Price as HHS Secretary

President elect also taps healthcare policy consultant Verma as CMS administrator.

HHS OIG Unveils 2017 Work Plan

The plan includes 10 DMEPOS-related investigations, including reports on nebulizers, power wheelchairs, and PAP therapy devices.

Industry Dives Into Lame Duck Push

As the 114th Congress returns for its last session, the industry doubles-down on reforming bid expansion in hopes of rural relief.

Industry Calls for Lame Duck Action

AAHomecare urged providers to lobby their lawmakers to back rural relief. Concentrated effort will focus on next week.

Medtrade 2016 Energizes Industry

Legislative and advocacy events, official recognition of HME Woman of the Year and a visit from Rep. Price highlight annual event.

Will 2016 Election Reset the Board for HME?

Election of President elect Trump and a Republican-dominated Congress could see a industry-related policies repealed.



Editor's Note

2016's Last Best Shot

HME will push the 114th one last time for rural bid relief. Can we make a lame duck fly?

CMS Final Rule Covers Key Bidding Elements

New rule bases bid ceilings on 2015 unadjusted fee schedule; lowers surety bond to $50K per CBA bid.

More Medicare Patients Paying Up Front

In a 'no-win scenario,' beneficiaries wind up paying out of pocket for needed HME while some providers file non-assigned claims.

VIDEO: NRRTS Hosts CRT ‘Online Town Hall’ on Oct. 27

Effort designed to help providers push for CRT legislation during 'lame duck' session of Congress; NCART will provide a legislative update. UPDATE: Video replay now available.

DMEPOS Access Down After Bidding

GAO report shows number of DMEPOS beneficiaries covered by bidding declined after Round Two implementation.

Study: Competitive Bidding Unsustainable

AAHomecare-backed research shows Medicare reimbursement rates for HME cover only 88% of overall costs for businesses providing equipment and relates services.

Melissa Cross to Receive First Ever Van Miller Homecare Champion Award

AAHomecare will honor O.E. Meyer vice president as first recipient of new award at Standup for Homecare, during Medtrade.

HME Woman of the Year Finalists Named

Four women selected from 37 candidates for inaugural award program; winner to be announced Nov. 1 at Medtrade.

Bidding Fight Shifts to Lame Duck Strategy

AAHomecare, advocates focus legislative efforts on Congressional session beginning after November elections.

Third Audit Key Survey Opens October 15

Providers urged to add their audit data to help demonstrate audit program’s burdensome nature.

Editor's Note

Reaching Critical Mass

Has the industry finally hit the point where it simply can't deal with Medicare?

Future of HME

Business Solutions

Paving HME's Path

Each fall we turn to the members of HMEB's editorial advisory board to gain their insights into the trends, obstacles, challenges and opportunities that providers should consider as they shape their business strategies for the next several months. This year, many of the board members are telling us that the future will likely be what providers make of it.

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