Legislative


CMS Removes Non-Invasive Ventilators From Round 2021

Attributing the decision to COVID-19 as well as other factors, NIVs will not be part of Round 2021, and any DMEPOS supplier can provide the devices, as well as any other ventilator types covered by Medicare.

AAHomecare to Providers: Use Sound Judgement

Industry association reminds providers that CMS’s relaxed coverage requirements are to help fight COVID-19 and to not only judiciously apply the new guidelines but help police any abuse.

President Moves to Ramp Up Ventilator Production

President Trump uses Defense Production Act to order Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security to facilitate increased ventilator production by six manufacturers.

CMS IFR Streamlines DMEPOS Regulations

In response to COVID-19, CMS’s new Interim Final Rule incorporates several relief provisions that industry advocates requested to help providers better care for patients during the pandemic, but does not include a Round 2021 delay.

Stimulus Package Signed Into Law

The House passed the stimulus package, which includes various HME provisions including the extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and Pres. Trump signed the legislation into law.

Senate Upvotes Stimulus Package — With HME Provisions

Bill includes an extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and temporarily eliminates the 2 percent Medicare sequester reduction, and eliminates some telehealth requirements.

Respiratory HMEs and COVID-19

President of national HME provider AdaptHealth joins the HME Business Podcast to discuss what kinds of changes his business is making to continue caring for oxygen patients during COVID-19, as well as the need for providers to convince Congress and CMS to protect patient access to oxygen equipment during COVID-19.

Editor's Note

Coping With COVID-19

As the country stays at home and engages in social distancing, the HME industry starts shaping its response to a pandemic that threatens many vulnerable patient groups.

COVID-19 Response: AAHomecare Asks CMS to Change Key Policies

In order to help HME providers better serve patients during pandemic, industry association asks agency to change coverage and documentation requirements. At the top of the list: a requirement waiver for respiratory equipment and a one year competitive bidding delay.

VGM Pushes for Better Provider Access to PPEs

As state governments call on Trump Administration to release Federal supplies of PPEs and other medical resources, VGM calls on HME stakeholders to push for priority access in order to help contain COVID-19.



aahomecare update 2020

AAHomecare Draws Roadmap For 2020 During Revamped Medtrade Spring Update

Association leaders shared updates on legislation, the standard written order process, payer relations and AAHomecare’s plans to add members and increase its operating budget.

Editor's Note

Take the Time to Get Involved

Providers need to carve out some time to urge lawmakers to support legislative initiatives to protect non-invasive ventilators and give relief to non-rural, non-bid area providers.

Observation Deck

Stand in the Gap

Your HME advocacy efforts on social media truly save lives. Here’s a story of how early Facebook advocacy efforts made meaningful impact.

Medicare Contractors Exhibiting at Medtrade Spring

Attendees as Medtrade Spring will be able to meet with representatives of CBIC, CEDI, the DME MACs, NSC, PDAC and QIC on the expo floor, as well as take in a CBIC presentation on the Round 2021 timeline.

AAHomecare Unveils New Format for Medtrade Spring Update

To help providers understand its broad range of payer relations and advocacy services, AAHomecare is working with HME Business to implement a more interactive AAHomecare Update at the upcoming Medtrade Spring.

N.D. Providers, AAHomecare Tackling Dodgy Online CPAP Sales

CPAPs are being sold via Walmart.com to North Dakota consumers contrary to Federal and state laws, as well as North Dakota’s licensing requirements.

AAHomecare Underscores Budget Concerns

Association underscores three primary concerns regarding President’s 2021 proposed budget, and lists a total 15 aspects of the budget that impact or relate to HME.

Proposed 2021 Federal Budget Could Impact DME

Industry groups still reviewing budget administration’s budget, but suggested provisions include a reform and expansion of competitive bidding.

Editor's Note

Take the Time to Get Involved

Providers need to carve out some time to urge lawmakers to support legislative initiatives to protect non-invasive ventilators and give relief to non-rural, non-bid area providers.

AAHomecare Refocuses, Retools Newsletter

Besides a new name and look, AAHomecare Insider aims to help providers learn about the association’s range of services and more easily get to the information they need.

Podcast: HME's Emerging COVID-19 Protocols

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