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Washington update: Rule moves closer to reality, but agenda remains long


ATLANTA – CMS’s final rule with significant changes to the competitive bidding program has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for clearance, Tom Ryan told Medtrade attendees at Tuesday morning’s AAHomecare Washington Update.

Signing frenzy: Stakeholders race to collect signatures for two letters


WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that seeks additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program has nearly 100 signatures, VGM Group reports this week.

Senators circulate bid relief letter

Deadline extended for House letter

WASHINGTON – A Senate sign-on letter supporting additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program was released this morning, a companion letter to one circulating in the House of Representatives which has garnered 79 signatures so far.

Friday deadline looms: Contact your rep, AAH says


WASHINGTON – Forty members of the House of Representatives have so far agreed to add their names to a sign-on letter that makes the case for additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, AAHomecare reports.

CMS finalizes changes to bid program


WASHINGTON – CMS issued a final rule Oct. 28 with a number of changes to competitive bidding, including establishing bid limits for future rounds of the program based on the fee schedule rates before they were adjusted.

CMS finalizes emergency preparedness requirements


WASHINGTON – CMS has finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare an