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Write the check and make the call

Times have changed, but the need for grassroots action has not

Well, I am a few months past a year since I officially retired from AAHomecare and the national spotlight as a spokesman and advocate for the independent HME provider community.

Q&A: Wayne Stanfield

‘Bidding will change. It has to’

WASHINGTON – It’s ironic that Wayne Stanfield feels comfortable retiring now that NAIMES is part of AAHomecare.

Will merger renew interest in membership?


The announcement of the merger between AAHomecare and NAIMES was something I have been waiting to see. Everyone I have spoken to feels as I do, that the new association will be able to become the effective voice we need in Washington, D.C.

Will 'pay for' pass muster with CBO?


WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders expect to find out soon if the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agrees that their bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is budget neutral.

Leading industry associations join forces


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In the biggest sign of industry unity yet, AAHomecare and NAIMES announced April 26 that they will merge into one organization.

New focus on market-pricing program


WASHINGTON – When the bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is introduced, it will have lead sponsors on both sides of the aisle, industry stakeholders say.

Industry gathers 'ammunition'


BALTIMORE – Industry stakeholders believe CMS may have shot itself in the other foot when it released the names of the 799 suppliers who won 13,126 contracts as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding.

Industry opens up multiple fronts against bid program


WASHINGTON – With a new bill for the market-pricing program (MPP) expected to drop soon, industry stakeholders are mulling another legislative tactic in the fight against competitive bidding: a delay in the implementation of Round 2.

Stakeholders beat the bushes on bidding

Also: Automatic cuts include 2% for Medicare providers

WASHINGTON – With Round 2 inching closer, HME industry stakeholders last week trekked to Washington, D.C., to talk up competitive bidding’s flaws and the market-pricing program (MPP).

Industry talks tough

'You have to fix this—not us'

WASHINGTON – The HME industry’s efforts to fight competitive bidding have taken on a new tone.