In brief: AAH petitions Congress, CMS updates fee schedule

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ARLINGTON, Va. - As part of National Homecare Month, AAHomecare is asking providers and others to sign a petition asking Congress to stop cuts to home care. AAHomecare states: "Homecare provides tremendous value to more than 8 million Americans who require some type of medical care in the home. It is a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, and home medical equipment can be provided and maintained for just dollars a day, which is why homecare is an important part of the solution to our nation's healthcare crisis. Current and planned regulations threaten homecare quality and availability." At press time on Friday, the petition had 132 signatures; the goal is 1,000. Sign the petition at:

Check it out: CMS updates fee schedule

BALTIMORE - CMS recently published its 2010 fee schedule update for DMEPOS. View the update at

Complex rehab providers: Clear your calendars

BUFFALO, N.Y. - NCART has scheduled two more Webinars to discuss its plans to create a separate benefit for complex rehab. "This Webinar will provide an update on activities to date and the next steps that are being undertaken to prepare for legislative and regulatory action as we move into 2010," stated Executive Director Don Clayback in a release. "This is a major initiative for our industry, and I would encourage you to have someone from your company on the call." NCART is offering the Webinars at two different times to allow greater participation: Monday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST. To register for today's Webinar, click here: For tomorrow's:

HPS offers members increased efficiency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Home Patient Services (HPS) announced last week that it has retooled its Web site to provide further value to its HME provider members. The site,, offers providers of all sizes cost-effective ways to purchase and deliver their equipment, including direct billing and shipment. Contracted manufacturers include Pride Mobility Products, Quantum Rehab and TriQuality. There are no monthly or administrative fees. HPS is a "limited, select membership network" for the HME industry.

H.D. Smith customizes Web site

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - H.D. Smith announced last week that it has retooled its Web site, The site now features scroll-down sub-sections that allow retail pharmacies, health systems and specialty pharmacies to access customized information. The site also features specialized newsletters; updates on new products, and reimbursement and policy changes; and customer best-practice stories.