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HME industry canvasses Congress 

HME industry canvasses Congress 

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders held meetings with more than 240 offices in the Senate and House of Representatives as part of the Virtual Washington Legislative Conference on Sept. 21, AAHomecare reports. 

"Thanks to the higher number of attendees, we were able to reach almost 10% more offices than last year,” the association stated in a bulletin. 

In all, 158 stakeholders participated in the conference. 

Issues covered in the meetings included H.R. 6641, a bill that would implement a blended reimbursement rate based 90% on bid pricing and 10% on the 2015 fee schedule, as well as extend the 75-25 blended rate for non-bid, non-rural areas that is in place through the public health emergency as part of the CARES Act. 

Stakeholders also discussed preventing the across-the-board PAYGO Medicare cuts for 2023 and maintaining access for oxygen and CGM patients who qualified for coverage under relaxed criteria during the PHE. 

“Face-to-face and screen-to-screen grassroots advocacy is the foundation for effective HME legislative and public policy efforts,” the association stated.  


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