Legislative


Industry Memorializes CRT Advocate

Long-time CRT supporter Finn Bullers passes away due to complications from an illness.

NCART Hosting Free Legislative Webinar

Feb. 9 online conference will outline 2016 advocacy, legislative plan to protect CRT access.

Editor's Note

Repeal the Device Tax

A new law just put the excise tax on a two-year hiatus. The industry should work to see it extended even further.

CMS Won’t Implement CRT Accessories Price Fix Until July 1

Despite PAMPA’s passage on Jan. 1, CMS says it cannot implement correct fees until summer, at which point providers can submit adjustments.

Stakeholders Advocate Freezing Expansion at ‘Phase-in’ Rates

Plan outlined by various organizations would lobby for bid expansion's reimbursement stay at the current 50-50 rates slated to expire at July 1.

HME Spending Drops to 1.25% of Medicare Outlays

AAHomecare: While Medicare spending has skyrocketed since 2000, HME spending growth has remained flat.

TayCar to Manage ATHOMES

Association management service adds Tennessee to its list of state-level HME associations that it helps organize.

Audit Key Goes Live

Providers urged to register for program that is collecting the hard data that will help make a strong case for reforming CMS’s audit program.



AAHomecare: Bi-Partisan Support Needed for Bidding Reforms

Industry association highlights the need for industry advocates to drive Democratic support for legislation that would protect rural providers from national bidding expasion.

Pride Promotes Legislative Expert Johnson

Pride Mobility promotes industry veteran Seth Johnson to senior vice president of government affairs.

AAHomecare: ‘Legislative Priorities Remain in Focus’

Association puts rural provider protection at top of HME agenda as industry enters 2016.

CMS Releases Prior Authorization Rule

Final rule would establish a prior auth. for certain DME items CMS considers frequently subject to unnecessary utilization.

Nichol Joins AAHomecare Membership Team

Veteran of various health industry associations will direct membership services for AAHomecare.

Industry Forecast

HME Business 2016 Annual Industry Forecast

2016 Big Ten

Each year HME Business profiles 10 upcoming trends that will help define the industry over the next 12 months. To be certain, competitive bidding will be one of those factors. Others challenges include audits and protecting complex rehab. But 2016 also offers opportunities, as well, such as retail sales and revenue diversification.

Senate Passes CRT Wheelchair Accessories Delay

Bill includes a one-year delay for applying bid prices per nationwide bid expansion to power CRT accessories.

New CRT Protection Legislation Debuts in Senate

Providers urged to support 24-hour push to back new bill that would delay application of bid pricing to CRT accessories.

Audit Key Goes Live in 2016

Providers encouraged to register for program that will help accumulate data that industry will use to reform CMS’s audit program.

Bid Expansion Reform Not Part of Spending Bill

Legislative language that would have protected rural providers from bid expansion was not put into year-end omnibus spending bill; effort to back bid reform and CRT protection bills in House and Senate continues.

AAHomecare’s Ryan: Down But Not Out

Industry association leader explains next steps in reining in bid expansion.

Study: Rural Medicare Beneficiaries Will Lose HME Access

Report examines prospects for rural patients in the wake of national bidding expansion.

Capped Rental Titles

What is your primary method for notifying patients about a title transfer when a rental item meets its cap?





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