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Estrella takes time away from HOMES


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Karyn Estrella, president and CEO of the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England (HOMES), is taking a medical leave from the association.

Busy week for HOMES


BOSTON – Competitive bidding, reimbursement and audits were among the topics discussed at a Feb. 12 meeting between HOMES and HHS and CMS officials.

The 90-minute meeting was the result of an invitation of HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

Stakeholders grease wheels for possible action in September


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have legislative language being vetted that would freeze payment rates at the Jan. 1, 2016, amounts, and fix the so-called “double-dip” for oxygen payments.

Maine: Medicaid programs rescinds bid-related cuts


AUGUSTA, Maine – HME providers were ready for a fight with Medicaid officials over recent reimbursement cuts, but they were pleasantly surprised it turned out to be mostly unnecessary.

Providers appeal for help

‘They’ll miss us when we’re gone,’ says Karyn Estrella

PORTLAND, Maine – Providers from around New England took to the podium at a Small Business Administration hearing here last week, giving government officials and lawmakers an eye-opening look at what it’s like to be in the HME business right now.

New England: Provider outreach pays off

Massachussetts backs off plan to bypass HME providers; Rhode Island moves forward with cut

BOSTON – MassHealth has given stakeholders its word that the agency will not pursue volume purchasing for HME like incontinence products.

Massachusetts: Proposal could cut out new providers


BOSTON – Massachusetts’ proposed Medicaid budget for fiscal year 2016 raises more questions than it answers, say DME stakeholders.

Stakeholders bring discharge planners into the loop


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are counting on the support of healthcare professionals from outside the DME arena to bolster their arguments against competitive bidding.

Lobbying: Roll up your sleeves

Q. If I’m a member of my HME trade association, why do I have to get involved with lobbying?

A. First, if you are a member of your state/regional and national HME association—thank you. We all know there is strength in numbers. When you join your trade association, you are helping support their activities, which include lobbying.

Lobbying: Prepare for marathon, not sprint

Q. I have lobbied my legislator for years, yet no legislation has been passed. Why should I bother?

A. While I understand the sentiment, I have a different perspective. When you step back and look at the whole picture, we’re doing better than you might think.