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Senators introduce bill to change LCD process


WASHINGTON – Two senators recently introduced a bill that seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of the local coverage determination (LCD) process performed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).

NHIA honors Reps. Engel, Tiberi


WASHINGTON – The National Home Infusion Association has named Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., as the recipient of its Congressional Leadership Award.

Vent reform now has support in both House, Senate


WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has followed the Senate and introduced a bill this week that would increase Medicare reimbursement for ventilators by 20% on Jan.

Are you kidding me?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The disappointment was palpable on Friday, when word began spreading that the Senate had failed to pass a bill delaying a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas before it began its long summer recess.

I received twitter messages with swear words.

Lawmakers run with three-month delay


WASHINGTON – A bill passed in the House of Representatives last week that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts is going through a “hotline” process in the Senate, AAHomecare announced yesterday at 5:30 p.m.

Bid delay bill passes in House


WASHINGTON – Now that both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed bills to delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, lawmakers have to hammer out the details—and fast.

Industry’s task remains unchanged, AAH says


WASHINGTON – A second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts goes into effect in non-bid areas on July 1, but it’s not time to throw in the towel, AAHomecare said in a bulletin on June 29.

CMS delivers another blow with new pricing

July 1 pricing factors in Round 2 re-compete pricing, making cuts even steeper

WASHINGTON – CMS late this afternoon released new pricing for non-competitive bidding areas as of July 1, and in one fell swoop handed down cuts of anywhere from 10% for insulin pumps to 80% for TENS units compared to pricing in 2015.

NMEDA responds to opponents


TAMPA, Fla. – A bill that seeks to standardize how lifts are provided to veterans has been “misinterpreted” by its opponents, according to the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

Accessibility groups wrangle over specifics of bill


WASHINGTON – The Independent Auto Lift Dealers of America has appealed to lawmakers to tweak a bill in the House of Representatives, as well as a companion bill being considered in the Senate, that seeks to improve the provision of automobiles and adaptive equipment by Veterans Affairs.