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AAHomecare pulls together resources


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has collected resources and talking points for providers and state associations to use in discussions with payers.

Conference updates: AAH makes it easier, Medtrade sets dates


AAHomecare has shortened and slashed the price of its Washington Legislative Conference this year. The conference will take place at the Washington Court Hotel on May 24 and 25, but events will conclude at 2 p.m.

AAH appeals to Price to freeze rates


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has asked newly minted Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price to issue an interim final rule to repeal the fully adjusted Medicare rates that originally went into effect in non-competitive bidding areas on July 1, 2016.

Tricare contractor agrees that rollback provision applies


WASHINGTON – Health Net Federal Services, the Tricare contractor for the north region, agrees that a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act impacts its payments for home medical equipment, according to AAHomecare.

In brief: Remote monitoring spikes in 2016, CMS nominee faces Senate committee


GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The number of remotely monitored patients, including CPAP patients, grew by 44% to 7.1 million in 2016, according a new report from Berg Insight.

AAHomecare boosts corporate partnership


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has added several new companies to its corporate partners program. They are: Acelity, AeroCare USA, Domtar Personal Care, Med-South, and Rotech Healthcare. The program, which launched in 2012, now has 23 members.

AAH paper makes case for preserving Medicaid rates


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has released a briefing paper designed to help HME providers engage state Medicaid programs now that a new law has been passed that limits the federal contribution for HME to these programs to the Medicare rates starting Jan. 1, 2018.

Work group aims to ‘reframe’ payment for technology

‘Why is it important and what does it prevent?’

WASHINGTON – The members of AAHomecare’s new Hi Tech Work Group will meet face-to-face at Medtrade Spring to set next steps in their goal of getting private payers to increase reimbursement for new oxygen and sleep therapy technology, or create new payment models for them

Stakeholders home in on Medicaid strategy

‘The states are going to get less money and the big question now is, how are they going to deal with that?’

WASHINTON – A directive from Congress to tie Medicaid reimbursement to Medicare reimbursement will be a tough pill to swallow for not only HME providers but also states, industry stakeholders say.

In brief: CMS greenlights CGMs for coverage, Bain Capital makes bolt-on acquisition in pediatric market


WASHINGTON – CMS classified “therapeutic” continuous glucose monitoring systems as durable medical equipment in a Jan. 12 ruling.