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H.R. 4229

Stakeholders fine-tune message in August


WASHINGTON – As lawmakers head into their August recess, industry stakeholders will keep the focus on a recent proposed rule overhauling Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Idaho providers meet with representative’s representative


POCATELLO, Idaho – Maag’s Prescription and Medical Supply and Big Sky AMES hosted Josh Sorenson, the field director for Rep. Michael Simpson, R-Idaho, recently. Meeting attendees talked about rural access issues in southeast Idaho.

What’s the score? Industry needs to stay focused


WASHINGTON – A huge variance in cost estimates for a proposal to expand the competitive bidding process to all areas of the country may be eye-catching, but industry stakeholders remain focused on the big picture.

Post IFR, stakeholders cast wider net for support


WASHINGTON – A major goal of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference last week was determining whether or not Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will continue to lead the HME industry’s bid relief efforts.

Stakeholders: ‘We’re an industry living in crisis’


WASHINGTON – With the fate and details of the interim final rule no longer a mystery, stakeholders and their champions in Congress are putting their full weight behind H.R. 4229, a bill that would provide more broad-based relief in non-competitive bidding areas.

AAH on bid relief: ‘We’re not going away’

Stakeholders push bill in Congress, press CMS on IFR, and go on offense with MedPAC

LAS VEGAS – After a brief timeout for Medtrade Spring in Las Vegas last week, AAHomecare officials are back at it in Washington, D.C.

Industry wants answers

Big question now: ‘What are going to be the next steps?’

WASHINGTON – Congress put CMS on notice when it passed an omnibus bill last week that the agency needs to enact a competitive bidding-related interim final rule.

Stakeholders pitch bid reform


WASHINGTON – Stakeholders met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other key lawmakers last week to make their case for including language from H.R. 4229 in an omnibus spending bill.

In brief: AAH pulls out all the stops; Cigna, Express Scripts plan merger


WASHINGTON – With it “increasingly possible” that a competitive bidding-related interim final rule may never be finalized by the Office of Management and Budget, AAHomecare is stepping on the gas on H.R. 4229.

Superwoman? It's CMR

Friday, March 9, 2018

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