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AAH adds lobbying muscle

August 9, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has retained The Nickels Group, a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, to bolster the association’s ability to engage Capitol Hill and federal agencies overseeing health care policy. TNG, which has strong contacts and experience working with CMS, HHS and OMB, recently added Brett Baker, the former health policy director for the Senate Finance Committee, to its roster. “I had the privilege of working with AAHomecare during my 10 years on Capitol Hill – first...

aahomecare, Lobbying, The Nickels Group


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Stakeholders: Get in front of lawmakers in August

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Stakeholders: Get in front of lawmakers in August

July 16, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

PHOENIX – When Congress breaks for recess next month, the industry needs to prime the pump for the fall, said John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for VGM, at Medtrade West.  “It’s time for the August of Action,” he said during a legislative update at that the show. “They’ll have the infrastructure package behind them, so when they come back, they will be dealing with issues related to Medicare and health care, so reach out to them while...

Competitive Bidding, Lobbying, Medtrade West, Reimbursement relief


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NCART, NRRTS announce virtual fly-in

July 12, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – NCART and NRRTS will host a Virtual CRT Congressional Fly-in on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of National CRT Awareness Week. “Every year we hold a CRT-focused Washington, D.C., event that keeps CRT advocates connected with Capitol Hill to talk about issues impacting access for people with disabilities,” NCART stated in an announcement. “We’re excited to offer the opportunity to deliver these important messages without asking attendees to leave...

Complex Rehab, Lobbying, National CRT Awareness Week, NCART, NRRTS


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Stakeholders meet with staff of Rep. McMorris Rodgers

May 24, 2021HME News Staff

SPOKANE, Wash. – Members of the Pacific Association for Medical Equipment Services (PAMES), along with John Gallagher of VGM, met with the staff of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her office here last week. The group expressed concerns with the increasing costs of home medical equipment. Accompanying Gallagher, vice president of government relations for VGM, were Mike Calcaterra and Paul Sabin of Norco, Don Whitney of Inland Medical and Rehab, and Melissa Roberts of Bellevue Healthcare. McMorris...

Congressional Visits, Lobbying, Pacific Association for Medical Equipment Services


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Stakeholders, largely in wait mode, keep close eye on DC 

February 5, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – With a new administration, a new Congress and new leadership at CMS and HHS still taking shape, there won’t be a lot of action on HME priorities for the next few months, say AAHomecare officials.  Among those priorities is a final rule expected to include a host of DME-related provisions.  “The new administration is reviewing all regulations and still getting staff on board,” said Jay Witter, senior vice president...

aahomecare, DMEPOS Final Rule, Jay Witter, Lobbying, Sequestration Cuts, Tom Ryan


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On the Editor's Desk

Just a start

February 3, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

In the past few months:  A global pandemic has severely stressed the supply of oxygen concentrators, revealing cracks in an HME industry that has been slowly chipped away at by Medicare’s competitive bidding program for 10 years.  CMS has decided not to move forward with the majority of Round 2021 of that program, because the agency didn’t “achieve expected savings,” and therefore – wait for it – the current reduced rates continue to apply.  The...

Advocacy, Competitive Bidding, Coronavirus Outbreak, Lobbying, Oxygen Concentrators, Round 2021


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VGM has ‘proactive’ meeting with new member of Congress

January 26, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group hosted a socially distanced and masked-up meeting with newly elected member of Congress, Ashley Hinson, at its corporate headquarters on Jan. 25. Rep. Hinson, R-Iowa, met with VGM senior leadership, as well as John Gallagher, Tom Powers and Emily Harkin of the Government Relations team. The group discussed concerns within the HME industry, primarily decreased reimbursement rates and regulatory burdens. “The discussion was constructive, and both parties were...

Congressional Visit, Lobbying, Rep. Ashley Hinson, VGM Government Relations


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On the Editor's Desk

Chip, chip, chip

September 18, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Earlier this month, Managing Editor Theresa Flaherty and I were trying to piece together the latest developments in reimbursement relief and we were both getting pretty frustrated. AAHomecare announced recently that the industry's champions in the House of Representatives had introduced H.R. 8158, a bill that would eliminate the budget neutrality requirement for home oxygen therapy. The association says the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested that the provision be peeled away from the other...

Advocacy, Associations, Bid Relief, Budget Neutrality Requirement, Lobbying


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NCART, NRRTS postpone Summit

March 11, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - NCART and NRRTS have postponed their Access2CRT Summit, originally scheduled for March 30-31 in Arlington, Va., “due to the unpredictable nature and reach of the coronavirus.” “We regret having to take this action and understand this will inconvenience registrants with travel plans in place,” the organizations stated. “However, like many across the country, we have been carefully monitoring the progression of the coronavirus and the recommendations and actions...

Access2CRT Summit, Complex Rehab, Lobbying, NCART, NRRTS


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NHIA pushes lawmakers for fix

October 2, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Forty-six members of the National Home Infusion Association met with more than 70 Congressional offices on Oct. 1 to discuss concerns with how CMS plans to implement a payment policy for home infusion services.In a final rule released in 2018, CMS said it would limit reimbursement for professional services to only those days a “skilled professional”—which it defines as a nurse—is in the home. Stakeholders have pushed back, saying that was not the intent of lawmakers.“Congress...

Home Infusion, Lobbying, skilled professional requirement


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