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Lack of reimbursement relief starts to set in

February 9, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – With Medicare reimbursement decreases in non-rural areas now in effect, including 32% for oxygen and 37% for manual wheelchairs, HME providers are faced with making potentially difficult business decisions if relief doesn’t come their way soon, say industry stakeholders.  Congress in January passed a stripped down, short-term government funding measure without including any significant health care extenders, including a provision to extend a 75/25 blended rate in...

AAHomecare, home medical equipment, Reimbursement


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AAH adds board members

February 8, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Mickae Lee and Steve Wakser have joined AAHomecare’s board of directors, filling at-large seats. Lee, the new senior manager, government affairs, for Permobil, brings expert knowledge of complex rehab technology, proven state and federal advocacy skills, and a record of service on several HME industry work groups and committees to the role. Wakser, senior vice president of sales, North & South America for Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, has extensive leadership experience across...

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AAHomecare seeks next Homecare Champion

January 25, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare seeks nominations for the 2024 Van Miller Homecare Champion, who will be honored at the Stand Up for Homecare reception at Medtrade on March 27 in Dallas. Nominees must have a longstanding record of service within the home care community; embody the spirit of caring and generosity, which are the hallmarks of the profession; and have active membership and engagement in AAHomecare. The Homecare Champion award was renamed in 2016 in honor of Van Miller, founder of the VGM...

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In brief: AAH pushes for follow up, StateServ buys PBM, ADS builds C-suite 

January 24, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on Jan. 18 to keep the government funded until the beginning of March, AAHomecare reports, but the bill does not contain various health care extender measures, including the industry’s provision to extend the 75/25 blended Medicare reimbursement rates in non-rural areas.  “We are continuing to work with our champions, as well as influential legislators and committee staff, to pass our legislation...

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Reimbursement relief: 'Please follow up,’ AAH says 

January 22, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on Jan. 18 to keep the government funded until the beginning of March, AAHomecare reports, but the bill does not contain various health care extender measures, including the industry’s provision to extend the 75/25 blended Medicare reimbursement rates in non-rural areas.  “We are continuing to work with our champions, as well as influential legislators and committee staff, to pass our legislation...

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State regulatory update: Virginia and New York

January 15, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – In Virginia, DME policy for Medicaid was updated on Jan. 1, 2024, to include several revisions that stakeholders asked for, including adding coverage of complex rehab technology for recipients living in a nursing facility, according to AAHomecare. The updated DME policy also allows for continuous rental of non-invasive ventilators and allows for certain enteral nutrition substitutions in the event of formula shortages. In New York, the Medicaid program increased reimbursement for...

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Enteral nutrition white paper discusses challenges 

January 10, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has partnered with the Global Enteral Device Supplier Association on a white paper to provide an overview of the enteral nutrition market.  “Challenges in Enteral Nutrition Access & Management: Safeguarding Life-Sustaining Enteral Nutrition” discusses market challenges that threaten access to EN and the integral role of HME providers in delivering clinically appropriate EN to end users as valued partners in the care continuum. The paper includes...

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AAH is selling Stand Up tickets 

December 26, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is now selling tickets for its annual Stand Up for Homecare fundraiser at Medtrade. The fundraiser, which will take place on March 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at d.e.c. on dragon st. in Dallas, allows the industry to support patient advocacy groups that represent people who depend on HME products and services. These groups, including the ITEM Coalition and United Spinal Association, have been important allies on the industry’s policy priorities. AAHomecare also...

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AAH backs NCART on power seat elevation

December 7, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has submitted comments to CMS supporting NCART’s recommendations for coding, coverage and payment regulations for power seat elevation systems. The recommendations, provided during a Nov. 30 virtual public meeting, include:   Adopting the code description proposed in the NCART code application.  Recognizing power seat elevation as a stand-alone system, the same as power tilt and/or power recline, and not merely an add on component.  Requiring...

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E&C Committee moves 75/25 forward

December 6, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved an amended version of H.R. 5555 that extends the 75/25 blended rate in non-competitive bidding areas through 2024.  The amended language does not, however, include the 90/10 blended rate adjustment for suppliers in former CBAs, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.  The Senate Finance Committee included similar 75/25 language from S. 1294 in a health package in November.  “This is a very...

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