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AAH: Updates supplier counts, comments on rural areas


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has found that, while the number of unique companies is down 37% and the number of locations is down 35% since 2010, the data for October 2019 is virtually unchanged from January 2019.

Competitive bidding: Stakeholders line up another campaign for relief


WASHINGTON – The industry has its marching orders this week, as it heads to Capitol Hill with a long-awaited bill to address Medicare reimbursement cuts for HME.

New bill provides relief to rural areas


WASHINGTON – A bill that would preserve access to durable medical equipment, particularly in rural areas, was introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives.

CMS rule falls far short of bid relief

‘We have to go back to Congress and tell them, you have to fix it’

WASHINGTON – The long-anticipated interim final rule landed with a thud last week, when it became apparent that it offered little in the way of bid relief, say industry stakeholders.

Contact your representative now


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are urging providers to gather as many original co-sponsors as they can for a bill expected to drop in November that would provide relief for non-bid areas.

Draft of bid relief bill circulates


WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has released draft language of a bill that would provide relief from the competitive bidding program in non-bid areas and would address a “double-dip” cut on oxygen

‘Right this wrong,’ providers tell CMS

Callers to forum outline problems related to drastic rate cuts

WASHINGTON – From Martha’s Vineyard to the Pacific Northwest, rural HME providers are struggling to survive in a post-competitive bidding world, they told CMS officials during a call March 23.

CMS offers guidance on billing for complex rehab accessories

Guidance on rural rates still in the works

WASHINGTON – CMS has updated the DME Center page of its website with information on how it plans to implement certain provisions in the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act.

Devil in the details: Stakeholders await guidance on bid relief


WASHINGTON – Now that a rollback of a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts in rural areas is a foregone conclusion, the big question is: How will CMS follow through on Congress’ directive?

Bid relief nears finish line


WASHINGTON – The HME industry is within spitting distance of rolling back certain Medicare reimbursement cuts after the 21st Century Cures Act sailed through the House of Representatives last week.