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Thursday, October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are urging providers to gather as many original co-sponsors as they can for a bill expected to drop in November that would provide relief for non-bid areas.

Last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., released draft language for the bill, which would roll back a portion of the reimbursement cuts that went into effect in non-bid areas in 2016 and address a “double dip” cut to oxygen reimbursement. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, has signed on to be the Democratic lead on the bill.

“This would allow HME suppliers to continue to serve these communities, giving seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals with chronic conditions the ability to remain in their homes and lessen the need for hospital stays and other costly clinical interventions,” AAHomecare states as a suggested talking point that providers can use with their legislators.

AAHomecare has made several resources available to help providers make their case, including position briefs on rural relief and oxygen, its recent patient access survey, and its online Grassroots Action Center.