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Friday deadline looms: Contact your rep, AAH says

Friday deadline looms: Contact your rep, AAH says

WASHINGTON - Forty members of the House of Representatives have so far agreed to add their names to a sign-on letter that makes the case for additional relief from Medicare's competitive bidding program, AAHomecare reports.

The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., pushes CMS to increase reimbursement rates in bid areas until the next round of the program is implemented and extend 50/50 blended reimbursement rates to all non-bid areas as part of its forthcoming final rule.

“Please help build on this great start and get more legislators signed on to the letter,” AAHomecare stated in a bulletin. “This may be one of our last opportunities to significantly influence CMS's deliberations on the proposed rule.”

The deadline for adding names to the letter: Friday.

AAHomecare has identified representatives who have previously supported relief in non-bid areas as “top targets” for adding their names to the letter. They include the 155 representatives who have co-sponsored H.R. 4229.

CMS is expected to publish a final rule in November.


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