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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Time to Take Action

October is the ideal month to help push The Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act in order to make Medicare start funding custom breast prostheses for post-mastectomy patients. Here's how you can help.

Senator Duckworth Meets with Breast Cancer Survivors

Lead sponsor of Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act engages with survivors at Chicago provider of custom breast prostheses.

Karyn Estrella Named 2019 Van G. Miller Homecare Champion

AAHomecare will recognize the late leader of New England’s HOMES association for her industry contributions at the upcoming Medtrade conference and expo.

H.R. 2771 Picks Up Additional Co-Sponsors

September legislative push pays off with nine additional lawmakers singing their names to the bill that would bring permanent rural and non-bid area relief.

Indiana Halts Oct. 1 HME Cuts

Hard-fought lobbying effort from Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association and other advocates eventually convinces state Medicaid program to stop implementing of proposed cuts until further review and analysis.

House Letter Calls for H.R. 2771 Support

The letter urges lawmakers — and particularly H.R. 4229 backers — to co-sponsor legislation that would bring permanent rural relief and the elimination of the oxygen budget neutrality offset. AAHomecare calls on providers to use it as part of H.R. 2771 push.

AAHomecare Submits Comments on ESRD/DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Association submits comments on a variety of provisions in the rule and urges providers to submit comments by the Sept. 27 deadline.a

Comments on Proposed ESRD/DMEPOS Rule Due Sept. 27

The proposed rule contains HME-related provisions such as changes to its ‘gap-filling’ method, payment requirements, and change of ownership timeline.

H.R. 2771 Push Focuses on Past Supporters

AAHomecare calls on providers to focus H.R. 2771 lobbying efforts on the lawmakers who backed H.R. 4229 in the last Congress.

Bidding Calculators Updates Released

CBP Education Collaborative provides context on profit/loss feature; CMS notifies bidders that ratios used to calculate non-lead rates on items that have changed payment class .



NEMEP Meets with N.Y. Lawmakers

Delegates met with N.Y. State Senator Patrick Gallivan, staff for Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), and staff for Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) to discuss various issues.

N.C. Delays Transition to Managed Care Due to Budget Standoff

The state says it will move to managed care in one phase in February rather than beginning the process on Nov. 1.

Round 2021 Bid Window Closes Sept. 18

The end of bidding for Round 2021 is fast approaching; industry experts share insights on what providers need to be doing now.

AAHomecare Campaign Profiles ‘HME Heroes’

Campaign aims to raise awareness of the industry's contributions by profiling providers that make a difference in their patients' lives and in their communities; first HME Hero is Gayle Devin of ActivStyle.

Providers Testify at SBA Regulatory Fairness Hearing

Representatives of HME, CRT and women’s health businesses discuss small business impact of policies governing wheelchair accessories, custom breast prostheses, and Medicaid managed care.

DBidS Registration Ends Aug. 16

Other important Round 2021 dates looming include covered document review and bidding window closure.

Bidding Tutorial: How Capacity and Demand Influence Payment Rates

Tutorial includes video, charts, and a detailed explanation on how capacity and demand can impact SPAs.

Aug. 27 Bid Smart Summit Registration Still Open

Time is running out to sign up for the conference, which aims to get providers up to speed three weeks before Round 2021’s bid window closes.

AAHomecare Offers More Proposed Rule Insights

In addition to last week’s details on CMS’s proposed ESRD/DMEPOS rule, association gives details on proposed adjustments to face-to-face criteria and changes of ownership timeline.

ATHOMES Begins Registration for Fall Conference

The ATHOMES fall conference will feature sessions by industry experts, exhibit time and networking opportunities.

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