Industry stays busy

Friday, July 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – Although lawmakers are on recess, HME industry stakeholders have been holding strategy sessions on efforts to push through relief in non-bid areas.

AAHomecare, VGM and the Council for Quality Respiratory Care, as well as other D.C.-based HME lobbyists met recently with Senate staffers who reaffirmed their commitment to get a delay to the July 1 reimbursement cuts when Congress returns in September, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.Staffers indicated during the meeting that making the delay retroactive would help the bill’s prospects.

Stakeholders were also pulling out all the stops to gather information to bolster its efforts. AAHomecare extended the deadline for a cost study analysis to Aug. 5.

“By taking the time to share your company’s data, you will be helping AAHomecare and other HME stakeholders make the strongest possible case for fairer reimbursement policy,” said the association. “Consider this effort an investment to help achieve legislative delay.

Another survey from AAHomecare is geared toward medical professionals, discharge planners and care managers. It seeks information on their experience trying to obtain HME for their patients.