Rep. Price steps up support for HME industry

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Friday, October 7, 2016

WATERLOO, Iowa, and ATLANTA – Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., attended a healthcare forum hosted by The VGM Group this week and announced plans to attend the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Update at Medtrade in November.

Price, who attended the forum with Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, talked with area executives, doctors and advocates representing various segments of health care about the challenges their businesses face.

Price shared a story about how he was driven to run for office after realizing, while practicing medicine, that there were more people in his office trying to make sure every rule was followed and every dollar was tracked down, than people caring for patients.

“There has got to be a better way of doing health care,” he said at the forum.

A long-time champion of the HME industry, Price has proposed various bills to reform the competitive bidding program for HME. Last year, he proposed a bill to modify the national rollout of competitive bidding by providing a 30% increase in reimbursement over the bidding-derived prices and a four-year phase-in period.

At Medtrade, Price will attend the Washington Legislative Update from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, AAHomecare has confirmed.