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Congressman wants supplier feedback on bid program

May 23, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, wants to hear from suppliers on the competitive bidding and re-review processes, according to an AAHomecare bulletin. Renacci, a former DME provider who lost in the Round 1 re-bid, will host a roundtable on the bid program and other issues affecting DMEPOS suppliers June 5 in Ohio. AAHomecare is compiling answers to a short online survey and sending them to Renacci. In other competitive bidding news, H.R. 1717 picked up three additional co-sponsors last...

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Market-pricing bill picks up co-sponsor

May 1, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., has thrown his support behind H.R. 1717, the “Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013.” The bill, which would replace the current competitive bidding program with an industry supported market-pricing program, now has 172 co-sponsors. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., on April 24, 2013.

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Industry pushes forward after disappointing vote

March 28, 2014Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - In a setback for the HME industry, the House of Representatives on March 27 passed a “doc-fix” bill that contains no amendments to fix the competitive bidding program.“Am I frustrated? Absolutely,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president and CEO. “But I remain confident that the support we've ginned up over the past several months (will continue).”The temporary fix prevents a 24% cut in Medicare payments to physicians for one year. The Senate is scheduled...

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Full plate: AAH tackles audits, bidding, consumer engagement

March 14, 2014Liz Beaulieu, Editor

LAS VEGAS - AAHomecare is on the verge of making announcements in three key areas, association officials told Medtrade Spring attendees on March 11.Audits: Time to force things to happenAfter trying to work with the administration and CMS on reforming the audit program for several years, Jay Witter, vice president of government affairs, said, “There are things that need to be forced to happen” through legislation.“(A bill) is close to being finalized,” he said. “We'll...

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In brief: Stakeholders keep eye on doc fix, CMS issues refunds

December 6, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - As this year's congressional session winds down, HME stakeholders are eyeing the “doc-fix” bill as the best vehicle for H.R. 1717. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees are expected to mark up the doc fix bill on Thursday, according to Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare. If a finalized fix to physician reimbursement is delayed, it would give the industry more time to push H.R. 1717, which has 160 co-sponsors, said...

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New contract suppliers, new licensure issues?

November 8, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - It's still early, but industry stakeholders are already hearing reports of licensure issues in the Round 1 re-compete.This time, however, it's licensed providers that say their bids were rejected because, according to the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC), they were not properly licensed.“We've just begun licensure analysis, but CMS seems to be making the same kind of mistakes,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare....

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Industry to analyze list of contract suppliers

November 1, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Now that they have both the single payment amounts and the names of the contract suppliers for the Round 1 re-compete in hand, HME industry stakeholders are wasting no time analyzing the information.“Has CMS made the same kind of mistakes that it's made in the past?” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare. “Are there licensing issues, are there accreditation issues? Those are certainly things we are going to look at.”When...

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Bidding: AAH abandons lawsuit, lawmakers apply pressure

September 27, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has dropped its bid to stop competitive bidding in the courts.The association, along with Havre de Grace, Md.-based Home Mediservice, filed a lawsuit in June that argued CMS violated its own rules by awarding Round 2 contracts to providers that didn't meet licensure requirements.“Based on the signals that we've received from the court and the advice of legal counsel, it didn't appear that we would see any different outcome,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO. “It...

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Have one voice, even with your competitors

August 23, 2013Letter to the Editor

It has been my pleasure and duty in the recent days and months to attend two meetings with Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., in which we discussed Medicare's flawed competitive bidding program and the disastrous effects it is having on patients not only in our Florida District 15 but also across the country. At each of these meetings, there were more than a dozen HME providers stating the facts and letting their voice and the voices of their patients be heard.Sego's Home Medical Equipment, being a family...

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In brief: Seven more sign on, ResMed takes new action

July 26, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the industry's recent virtual fly-in, H.R. 1717 has picked up an additional seven co-sponsors, bringing the current total to 144. The bill, which was introduced April 24 by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., would repeal the competitive bidding program and replace it with a market-pricing program (MPP). “Shoring up that support is important,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare. “Feeding lawmakers information about the...

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