Legislative


AAHomecare: Time to Turn up the Heat

Association underscores need for stakeholder support regarding legislative items such as protecting non-invasive ventilators and non-bid area relief.

Annual Big Ten

Setting the Stage for HME in 2020

As the HME industry rolls into a new year and a new decade, several industry trends make it look like we’re in for a roaring 2020. What developments have made it onto this year’s annual HMEB Big Ten list?

Senate Passes Manual CRT Protections

Upper chamber approves spending bill containing provisions that protect Manual CRT wheelchairs and accessories from competitive bidding. Bill goes to President to be signed into law.

House Upvotes Spending Bill Containing CRT Language

House up-votes spending package, which protects manual CRT wheelchairs and accessories. Now the appropriations bill, which must pass by Dec. 20, moves to the Senate. Providers still need to help the effort.

CMS Requests Comments from Public for Bidding Survey

The agency is requesting comments on how it should conduct a survey of DMEPOS stakeholders about its competitive bidding program. Deadline is Dec. 20, but AAHomecare has offered resources to help stakeholders act fast.

Podcast

Your Action Plan for the Dec. 20 HME Advocacy Push

Providers have until Dec. 20 to gain co-sponsors for industry legislation that could get attached to a year-end spending bill. What do they need to do?

CBIC Releases Round 2021 Preliminary Bid Evaluations

If a provider receives a PBE letter that identifies any deficiencies, it must respond to the PBE in Connexion by Dec. 17.

Providers Urged to Advocate for HME Bills

A pending government funding bill offers opportunity to include language from four pieces of industry legislation. AAHomecare’s Tom Ryan says a provider push for co-sponsors before Dec. 20 is “critical.”

Editor's Note

Truly Misguided Decision-Making

CMS is doubling down on including non-invasive vents in Round 2021. How is the HME industry responding? How can you help?

Podcast

Are Physician Self-Referral Regulations About to Change?

An HHS proposed rule might make exceptions to the physician self-referral regulation. What's the industry's strategy?



AAHomecare Leads Pre-Thanksgiving Push For Ventilator Legislation

The SMART Act’s number of co-sponsors has grown to 15 since it was introduced in late October; association urges providers to drive more backers ahead of Congressional recess.

CMS Issues Final Rule Affecting Requirements, Payments for DMEPOS Items

The rule, which will take effect next year, also streamlines the requirements for ordering DMEPOS products.

New House Bill Would Delay Inclusion of Ventilators in Competitive Bidding

The newly introduced SMART Act would keep ventilators out of bidding for five years, create an expert panel to advise HHS on ventilator coverage policies.

CAIRE Becomes Latest Company to Join American Association for Homecare

The oxygen therapy manufacturer wants to expand its advocacy efforts on behalf of the HME industry.

Podcast

Third Party Administrators’ Impact on Medicaid Managed Care

The involvement of third-party administrators in Medicaid MCOs is starting to look like it will go from bad to worse for HME providers. What do providers need to know and what should they do?

Podcast

Non-Invasive Ventilator Legislation on the Way

After CMS Administrator’s response to a Congressional sign-on letter failed to address various industry concerns, the industry and Congressional champions forge a legislative response.

CMS Responds to House Letter on Non-Invasive Vents

Agency fails to address the core issue of the service levels required by these devices and the vulnerable patients using them. The stage is set of a legislative response.

Wendy Russalesi Named 2019 HME Woman of the Year

Wendy Russalesi, the chief compliance officer at AdaptHealth, was awarded the prize at Medtrade after working in the HME industry for 20 years.

CBIC Announces Key Round 2021 Dates

CBIC updates bidders on when Notice of Preliminary Bid Evaluation, Notice of Covered Document Review Findings and Required Action and Notice to Substantiate Your Bid(s) will be available, and what their deadlines are.

Observation Deck

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.

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