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In brief: AAH collects funds, Senate green-lights HHS chief


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has kicked off a campaign to raise $250,000 in the next two years to develop and launch HME Audit Key, a tool to track audit activity.

Sebelius resigns from HHS


WASHINGTON – Kathleen Sebelius has resigned after serving five years as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS releases physician pay data


WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has released data on the services physicians provide to Medicare beneficiaries and how much they are paid.

Bidding: AAH abandons lawsuit, lawmakers apply pressure


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has dropped its bid to stop competitive bidding in the courts.

Lawmakers call on OIG to investigate competitive bidding


WASHINGTON – In a June 21 letter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, call on the agency to investigate the possibility that CMS deliberately overlooked its own rules when awarding contracts for competitive bidding, according to a press release.

Talk about value

Friday, June 21, 2013

The home medical equipment sector needs to be part of the accelerating national conversation about healthcare costs, outcomes and value.

AAHomecare, HME provider take CMS to court


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and Havre de Grace, Md.-based Home Mediservice have filed a lawsuit against Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), asking her to stop the July 1 expansion of competitive bidding because of “licensing irregularities.”

Senators introduce bill to improve Medicare transparency


WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., are reintroducing a bill to make Medicare claims and billing data more transparent, according to a press release.

Proposed rule goes too far


WASHINGTON – Providers with high error rates could lose their billing privileges if a proposed rule takes effect.

Industry casts further doubt on bid process


WASHINGTON – H.R. 1717 remains the HME industry’s No. 1 priority, but with time running out, stakeholders are again pressing for a delay in the July 1 start date of Round 2 of competitive bidding.