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Analysis reveals worsening appeals backlog


WASHINGTON – The wait time for DME appeals at the administrative law judge level has increased by nearly 25% during the first half of 2015, according to an analysis released by AAHomecare.

Wanted: Individuals making an impact on HME


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare seeks nominations for its “Homecare Champion Award.” The annual award represents an opportunity to honor and thank someone in the HME industry for his or her hard work and dedication.

‘Pressure’ is on to expand prior auths


YARMOUTH, Maine – CMS recently extended a demo requiring prior authorizations for certain power mobility devices, and providers say it may be time to consider other product categories, too.

AAHomecare tries to make it personal


WASHINGTON – A businessman at heart, it doesn’t sit well with Tom Ryan that AAHomecare’s membership numbers have been flat for the past three years.

AAHomecare initiates grassroots initiative


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare last week launched a new initiative to help stop the nationwide rollout of competitive bid pricing slated for Jan. 1.

AAH expects new bid legislation

Association launches campaign to ‘stop the cuts’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is finalizing legislative language to soften the blow of the national roll out of competitive bidding slated for Jan. 1, according to AAHomecare.

Stakeholders wait on bill as appeals backlog grows


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say, despite slow progress, the reintroduction of an audit reform bill is still a “high priority.”

They had hoped to see Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., drop the bill this spring.

AAH adds Plauché to gov’t affairs team


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has named Ashley Plauché to the newly created role of manager of government affairs. She will manage three association councils and provide support on government relations initiatives.

Juggling act: Bidding, prior auths, accessories all in play


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are pushing hard on multiple fronts with a nearly five-week summer recess looming in August.

Senate makes progress toward audit reform


WASHINGTON – It may be broad, but there’s a lot for HME providers to feel good about in the audit bill that cleared the Senate Finance Committee last week, says AAHomecare’s Kim Brummett.