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Chip, chip, chip

September 18, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Earlier this month, Managing Editor Theresa Flaherty and I were trying to piece together the latest developments in reimbursement relief and we were both getting pretty frustrated. AAHomecare announced recently that the industry's champions in the House of Representatives had introduced H.R. 8158, a bill that would eliminate the budget neutrality requirement for home oxygen therapy. The association says the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested that the provision be peeled away from the other...

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AAH: There's still time for permanent bid relief

August 13, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The HME industry's champions in the House of Representatives have indicated that they're still invested in securing permanent relief for rural and other non-bid suppliers, AAHomecare says. The champions are also invested in eliminating the oxygen budget neutrality requirement that's impacting reimbursement in rural areas, according to the association. “The lead sponsors for (H.R. 2771) have suggested that building additional co-sponsor support for (the bill) will increase prospects...

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HME champions win re-election

November 7, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - A number of champions for the HME industry, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., have won their re-election bids in Congress.McMorris-Rodgers, who bested her Democratic contender Lisa Brown, has led a number of efforts to provide relief from Medicare's competitive bidding program, including introducing H.R. 4229, which has 157 co-sponsors. She has also spearheaded a number of congressional sign-on letters to CMS requesting relief.A number of champions for complex rehab have...

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

October 16, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

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.“That's breaking news,” said Ryan, president and CEO, who learned of the development as the session was drawing to a close.Stakeholders expect the final rule to be published in November. An earlier proposed rule received 514 comments by its Sept. 10 deadline.“That's...

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Stakeholders pressure CMS with two letters

October 5, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - A groundswell of grassroots support carried a pair of bid-related sign-on letters over the finish line last week, say industry stakeholders.The final tally: 138 signatures on the letter in the House of Representatives, spearheaded by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; and 32 signatures on the letter in the Senate, spearheaded by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.“Every office we walked into had heard from state leaders and providers,” said Tom Ryan, president...

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Signing frenzy: Stakeholders race to collect signatures for two letters

October 2, 2018HME News Staff

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.The deadline for collecting signatures for the letter, spearheaded by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is this Friday, Oct. 5.“Great work reaching out to your member of Congress,” VGM stated in a bulletin.The letter will be sent to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HHS Secretary Alex Azar and OMB...

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Senators circulate bid relief letter

September 28, 2018HME News Staff

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.The Senate letter, spearheaded by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., urges CMS to increase reimbursement rates in bid areas until the next round of the program is implemented and extend 50/50 blended reimbursement rates to all non-bid areas...

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Friday deadline looms: Contact your rep, AAH says

September 26, 2018HME News Staff

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.The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., pushes CMS to increase reimbursement rates in bid areas until the next round of the program is implemented and extend 50/50 blended reimbursement rates to all non-bid areas as part of its forthcoming final rule.“Please...

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Comments in hand, industry ready to roll on broader relief

August 24, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders feel they have a “fair shot” at getting broader reimbursement relief for HME providers in all non-competitive bidding areas, rather than in the limited areas proposed by CMS.In comments submitted last week on a recent proposed rule, AAHomecare urged CMS to apply 50-50 blended rates not only in rural and non-contiguous areas from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2020, but also in the remaining non-bid areas.“It was mentioned in the interim final rule...

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West Virginia lawmakers go to bat for HME

July 25, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency's May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.The group points out that, while the IFR reinstates 50/50 blended reimbursement rates, it only does so for rural and non-contiguous areas, not all non-competitive bidding areas.“We were hopeful that the IFR would...

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