HME industry's on a roll

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04/30/2008

The HME industry's on a roll:

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*All the lobbying on national competitive bidding has spurred two legislative committees to schedule hearings for May 6 and May 21. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and chair of its Health Subcommittee, will host the first hearing (An source recently characterized Stark as "a newly invigorated supporter"). A subcommittee of the House Committee on Small Business will host the second.

Tears of the Sun ipod *Three senators yesterday (Tuesday) introduced a bill that would exclude complex rehab from competitive bidding. S. 2931, sponsored by Sens. Olympia Snow, R-Maine; Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; and Debbie Stabanow, D-Mich., is a companion bill to H.R. 2231, sponsored by Rep. Tom Andrews, D-Maine (Maine matters!).

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The Great Debaters video The Crow movie full *The industry has had some success shopping around legislative language that would delay competitive bidding until CMS addresses concerns like unfairly disqualified bidders. Delaying Round 2 is an "easy ask-for," but delaying Round 1 is a "tougher sell," an industry source said.

All this while legislators attempt to craft a Medicare package. An industry source told me: "We have a lot of irons in the fire. Because of the two hearings in the House, the noise level on Capitol Hill just continues to escalate, and it's all in favor of getting us some kind of relief."

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