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Cara Bachenheimer

Specialty Providers

Catheter proposal is ‘huge step forward’

June 14, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS’s plan to “explode the codes” for intermittent urinary catheters will better reflect available technologies, says Cara Bachenheimer, who leads the Government Affairs Practice of Brown & Fortunato.  CMS in May proposed discontinuing two existing HCPCS codes for intermittent urinary catheters, A4351 and A4352, and establishing five new codes, in response to a request from AAHomecare and its manufacturer members, who comprise the Intermittent Catheter...

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David Chandler

Also Noted

Louisiana passes vent bill 

June 13, 2024HME News Staff

BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry has signed HB 839, legislation that curbs the substitution of step therapy or fail-first protocols for prescribed ventilators when clinical evidence demonstrates that these protocols will be less effective or cause an adverse reaction to the patient. The measure was strongly supported in the Louisiana legislature, with just a single vote against it on the House (97-1) and unanimous approval in the Senate (35-0), according to a bulletin from AAHomecare....

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AAH makes recs on Medicare Advantage 

May 30, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has responded to a CMS request for information on Medicare Advantage data with recommendations to improve transparency in these plans. The association’s recommendations include:  Require MA plans to publish data that demonstrates they provide sufficient access to care and patient choice, including measures of beneficiary satisfaction and complaints, as well as the number of in-network DME suppliers by product category and geography.  Require MA...

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Rob Schlissberg

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AAH gets additional support from Cardinal Health 

May 30, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has announced that Cardinal Health at-Home Solutions has moved to the Legacy corporate partner level at the association, joining five other companies in that top tier. AAHomecare President and CEO Tom Ryan said the company has been an asset on the association’s Medical Supplies Council, Diabetes Council, Breastfeeding Coalition and associated work groups. “I’m gratified by this latest endorsement of our policy priorities and achievements from Cardinal...

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Alexis Ward

Mobility

High-tech wheelchairs: AAH pivots strategy on bill, plans blitz on Capitol Hill

May 17, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and its champions in the House of Representatives have modified the language of a bill to improve access to titanium and carbon fiber wheelchairs for Medicare beneficiaries and will make it the focus of a new congressional fly-in scheduled for September.  H.R. 5371, the “Choices for Increased Mobility Act,” would now establish two or more HCPCS codes for the base of an ultralightweight manual wheelchair depending on the construction material used,...

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AAH fly-in

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AAH: Keep the message alive 

May 16, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is calling for stakeholders to be a “force multiplier” to the more than 140 meetings that were held on Wednesday with lawmakers and their staff on the need to extend 75/25 blended Medicare reimbursement rates in non-rural areas.  The meetings took place as part of a fly-in organized by AAHomecare and attended by nearly 60 industry leaders.  “The message is simple: Ask your senators and representatives to reach out to leadership in their...

75/25 blended rates, AAHomecare, Congressional Fly-In, reimbursement relief


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Jay Witter

News

AAHomecare: Fly-in can be ‘difference maker’ 

May 10, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Industry leaders are headed to Capitol Hill on May 15 to “rile up” lawmakers on the need to pass legislation extending 75/25 blended Medicare reimbursement rates in non-rural areas.  While the industry’s efforts to pass reimbursement reform have received bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, the blended rates have not been included in recent spending bills.  “We've continued to talk to House and Senate leadership in the committees,...

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Last call to pass DME sales tax exemption in Maine

May 9, 2024HME News Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine – AAHomecare urges providers in Maine to contact their elected officials and ask them to support LD 1184, a bill that would exempt durable medical equipment, breast bumps and mobility equipment from sales tax. The Maine legislature will vote on the bill on Friday, May 10. The vote follows the Appropriations Committee passing the measure by a strong, bipartisan 8-2 margin on May 7. Providers can use AAHomecare’s Voter Voice advocacy tool to send a pre-drafted...

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Specialty Providers

CMS proposes coding changes for intermittent urinary catheters 

May 6, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has proposed discontinuing two existing HCPCS codes for intermittent urinary catheters, A4351 and A4352, and establishing five new codes in response to a request from AAHomecare and its manufacturer members.  The agency stated that it does not see a claims processing need to discontinue or modify existing HCPCS code A4353, “Intermittent urinary catheter, with insertion supplies.”  “CMS believes that clinical evidence and current payer policies...

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In brief: UHC’s new capitated arrangement, NCPA’s cyberattack request

May 3, 2024HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – UnitedHealthcare has entered into a capitated arrangement with Synapse Health for standard DME in Georgia and North Carolina for its Medicare Advantage plan members enrolled in HMO and PPO plans.   The change, announced on UHC’s website on May 1, is effective Aug. 1.  DME providers will need to join the Synapse Health network to continue to provide standard DME for these plan members. Synapse Health will reach out to providers with details about joining...

AAHomecare, Altra Service Professionals, Ascensia Diabetes Care, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), National Seating & Mobility (NSM), Synapse Health, UnitedHealthcare


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