Legislative


Providers Called to Support Congressional Letter by Friday

Stakeholders have until close of business on June 18 to secure signatures for House sign-on letter calling on CMS to extend soon-to-expire protections that exempt manual CRT accessories from competitive bidding.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Puts Brakes on MCO Plan

State’s top court rules the state’s Oklahoma Health Care Authority cannot implement managed care for its Medicaid program.

Louisiana Senate Upvotes Ventilator Protections

A unanimous vote approves legislation that prevents insurers, MCOs and other payers from capping reimbursement for ventilators.

CMS Releases More Details on Round 2021 Bids

Analysis from AAHomecare shows a large portion of the bids were for the 13 removed categories and came from first-time bidders.

AAHomecare Prioritizes Extending Rural and Non-CBA Relief

The CARES Act’s reimbursement provisions helped rural suppliers and those in other non-bid areas, but they expired when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

FAHCS, ACMESA Open Registration for Summer Meetings

The Florida event will run Aug. 5-6 in Orlando, and the North Carolina event will be held Aug. 18-19 in Wrightsville Beach.

VGM Govt. Relations: Engage Lawmakers at Townhalls

Members of the House will be in districts until June 14, giving HME stakeholders an opportunity to advocate during Representatives’ constituent meetings.

NCART Pushes to Extend Telehealth for CRT

Association calls on CRT stakeholders to advocate on behalf of a bill that would expand telehealth access, as well as to complete a survey on examples of telehealth in CRT.

CAMPS Slates Fall Conference

The annual meeting for the California HME association will take place on Sept. 8 in Long Beach, Calif. 

PAMES Meets with Staff of House HME Champion

Representatives of the Oregon and Washington association, along with VGM Government Relations, met with staff for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Ore.).



Louisiana House Passes Ventilator Protections

Legislation preventing insurers, MCOs and other payers from capping reimbursement for ventilators moves to Senate.

AAHomecare Ranks Medicare Reimbursement Priorities

Association outlines how HME industry can capitalize on an ‘unprecedented opportunity’ to obtain meaningful reimbursement adjustments.

News Feature

HME’s Bottom Line Success

AAHomecare advocacy efforts have resulted in policy and regulatory wins that have driven more than $2 billion back to HME providers’ budgets. How does the association plan to build on those wins?

AAHomecare Partners with PR Firm to Highlight HME’s Value

PR firm will work with association to generate news coverage and opinion articles conveying the industry’s value on a national and state level.

HHS Extends COVID-19 PHE

The public health emergency, as well as the regulatory relaxations associated with it, will continue for another 90 days.

Fla., Okla., N.Y. Associations Seek Support on Legislation

The legislative efforts seek to protect state reimbursement rates and patient access for HME by blocking moves to privatize state Medicaid programs.

Medicare Sequestration Bill Now Law

The moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration reimbursement cut now lasts until Dec. 31.

Observation Deck

Modifications to Stark and the Anti-Kickback Statute

Physician self-referral law and the federal anti-kickback statute have seen modifications in the move to value-based care.

CMS Temporarily Holds Applying Sequester Cuts

While the extended moratorium on the 2% cuts officially ends April 1, CMS will continue holding off on applying them while Congress finishes related legislative action.

Former AAHomecare VP Passes Away

The well-known HME advocate developed a deep level of expertise in healthcare policy that he applied to the industry association’s efforts.

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