Legislative


Round 2021 Details Remain Unknown

With the scheduled bid amounts release date long past, AAHomecare presses CMS for details.

NCART Elects New Officers and Board Members

Newly elected officers include a new president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, as well as board positions.

Providers Push House Sign-on Letter Right to the Deadline

Sept. 18 deadline looms for providers to get their Representatives to sign a House letter urging CMS to stop basing reimbursement for manual CRT accessories on competitive bidding rates.

Industry Continues Driving for H.R. 2771 Support

Advocates have convinced 81 lawmakers to back a bill extending rural and non-bid area relief, as well as protecting oxygen funding, but are calling on providers to help get more.

New Bill Aims to Fix Rural Oxygen Payment Disparity

H.R. 8158 would address the fact that rates for oxygen concentrators in some rural areas are significantly lower than rates in competitive bidding areas.

Providers Urged to Help Drive H.R. 2771 Support

Bill that would extend rural and non-bid area relief, as well as protect oxygen funding, currently sits at 79 co-sponsors — and needs more.

Eighteen State Associations Join MAMES Conference

Members of associations representing 41 states will attend MAMES’s Oct. 6-9 virtual conference and exhibition.

Signature Deadline for House CRT Letter Pushed to Sept. 18

Providers called on to redouble efforts to get their Representatives to sign Congressional letter urging CMS to stop basing reimbursement for manual CRT accessories on competitive bidding rates.

Joining the Fight to Protect Manual CRT Users

NCART's Don Clayback joins the HMEB Podcast to explain how providers can quickly and easily help protect funding for manual CRT accessories by convincing their lawmakers to sign a letter to CMS before the deadline.

NEMEP Expands Virtual Experience

New York and New Jersey provider association has re-tooled its event once more to partner with MAMES to offer an Oct. 6-9 event that will feature both online conference sessions and a virtual exhibit hall.



House Sign-on Letter Aims to Protect Manual CRT Users

Providers called on to urge their Representatives to sign Congressional letter urging CMS to remove accessories for manual CRT chairs from the competitive bidding program.

AAHomecare Rounds up Industry Issues in Play

While COVID-19 is at the fore of the industry’s mind, the next four months offer the industry to notch some policy wins on non-bid area rates, taxes on Cares relief, and CRT accessories

NEMEP Unveils New Board of Directors & Virtual Meeting Agenda

The new event takes place Sept. 28-Oct.2 and will be provided free of charge for members and non-members. The new board includes varied members from across the region.

PAMS Secures COVID-19 Hazard Pay Eligibility for HMEs

After outreach from the association, the state includes HME providers in a special frontline health worker grant program that increases workers’ hourly wages for 10 weeks.

Nearly 100 Lawmakers Sign Round 2021 Letter

Last-minute push for a letter calling on HHS and CMS to delay Round 2021 of competitive bidding due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic garners signatures from 98 Representatives.

Two Key Industry Efforts: Round 2021 Delay and AAHomecare Ambassadors

Tom Ryan of American Association for Homecare joins the HMEB podcast to discuss the current push to delay Round 2021 and the special Ambassador project to get more providers involved in the association.

House Sign-on Letter Calls for Bid Delay

HME providers have until July 29 to secure signatures on Congressional letter urging HHS and CMS to delay Round 2021 for at least a year.

ACMESA Not Holding August Summer Meeting

North Carolina recovery plan nixes state association’s Aug. 19-20 event. ACMESA is examining possible fall rescheduling as well as virtual options.

2020 HME Woman of the Year Open for Nominations

The fifth annual edition of VGM’s awards program recognizing women who have made significant contributions to the industry is taking nominations until Aug. 14.

AAHomecare: CMS Must Delay Round 2021

Association calls on providers to ensure their lawmakers understand that COVID-19 necessitates CMS delay implementing the next round.

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