Legislative


AAHomecare: Coming Weeks Critical for Rural Relief

Association calls on providers to drive advocacy for House and Senate bid expansion reform bills.

VGM, Providers to Testify at Regulatory Fairness Hearings

Next step in grassroots push to speak before SBA will occur on May 16 at University of South Maine.

DME MACs Revise Ventilator Coding, Coverage Requirements

HME industry advocacy efforts help see removal of the imminent death criteria from the Frequent and Substantial Servicing category.

House Gets Rural Relief Bill

With the Washington Legislative Conference around the corner, House lawmakers introduce legislation that would reform bid expansion to protect rural access.

Latest AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award Recipient Named

KYMESA President Thad Connally to receive honor at this month’s AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference.

House Rural Relief Bill Likely to Drop Next Week

House should see companion to Senate legislation that aims to reform bid expansion and fix the bid ceiling; AAHomecare urges providers to keep up advocacy support.

Observation Deck

Industry Intersections

Regular updates on the reimbursement policy with a good friend helped put the industry's challenges in perspective.

Editor's Note

Lowered Expectations

Is one of competitive bidding's nasty unintended consequences the accidental establishment a 'class system' among Medicare beneficiaries?



CMS Awards Round Two Recompete Contracts

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

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.

Reps. Blackburn, Ellmers to Speak at Washington Legislative Conference

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

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.

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