Industry revs up lobbying engine
WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have logged on to the VGM Action Center and sent more than 1,100 messages in one week to drum up support for a new bill to soften the blow of the national rollout of competitive bidding pricing, according to The VGM Group. S. 2312, introduced Nov. 19, would, among other things, increase reimbursement by 30% in rural areas and 20% in regional areas, and phase in the new pricing over two years instead of six months. AAHomecare has also been encouraging stakeholders to reach out to their senators to support the bill. The association expects a similar bill to be introduced in the House of Representatives this week. The end goal: attach the bills to an omnibus bill that Congress must pass by Dec. 10 to prevent a government shutdown.