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Industry gets assurance that bid relief is forthcoming


WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders have House Speaker Paul Ryan’s word that Congress will take up legislation that would retroactively delay a recent reimbursement cut in non-competitive bidding areas in a lame-duck session after the elections.

Industry readies to jump back in


WASHINGTON – When lawmakers return to work Sept. 6, industry stakeholders plan to bombard them with concrete examples of how Medicare reimbursement cuts are negatively impacting HME providers and beneficiaries.

AAH’s Tom Ryan: ‘We’re not there yet’


WASHINGTON – The HME industry may be up against its toughest challenge yet in its bid to slow down the spread of competitive bidding.

Bid delay efforts run out of gas

Discussions will resume after July 4th recess

WASHINGTON – With efforts to delay a second round of Medicare cuts stalled, the HME industry finds itself between a rock and a hard place, stakeholders say.

Industry pulls out all stops to push bill

Second phase of cuts hits non-bid areas on July 1

WASHINGTON – Friday afternoon was a nail-biter for the HME industry as a bill that would delay a second phase of Medicare reimbursement cuts moved through the “hotline” process in the Senate.

Stakeholders criticize shortsighted CMS

They say the agency’s data is ‘grossly inadequate’ to assess impact of bid program

WASHINGTON – CMS took too narrow a view when it analyzed the impact of new payment amounts for HME using only one metric, industry stakeholders say.

CMS stonewalls Congress on accessories


WASHINGTON – CMS has yet to respond to calls by lawmakers to restore reimbursement for accessories for Group 3 power wheelchairs by March 1, industry stakeholders say.

Stay focused on task at hand


Audits, new rounds of bidding in the Medicare Rounds 1 and 2 competitive bid areas, ICD-10 transition, face-to-face documentation—so many issues to keep track of to ensure your company is in compliance.

Accessories fight now has weight of both chambers


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are one step closer to protecting access to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs. 

Nat’l roll out starts to take shape

List of rural zip codes is out, pricing is not far behind

WASHINGTON – All eyes last week were on CMS’s preliminary list of rural zip codes for the national roll out of competitive bidding, with HME providers doing business in those areas set to feel a little less of a cut.