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Stakeholders, largely in wait mode, keep close eye on DC 

February 5, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – With a new administration, a new Congress and new leadership at CMS and HHS still taking shape, there won’t be a lot of action on HME priorities for the next few months, say AAHomecare officials.  Among those priorities is a final rule expected to include a host of DME-related provisions.  “The new administration is reviewing all regulations and still getting staff on board,” said Jay Witter, senior vice president...

aahomecare, DMEPOS final rule, Jay Witter, lobbying, sequestration cuts, Tom Ryan


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Just a start

February 3, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

In the past few months:  A global pandemic has severely stressed the supply of oxygen concentrators, revealing cracks in an HME industry that has been slowly chipped away at by Medicare’s competitive bidding program for 10 years.  CMS has decided not to move forward with the majority of Round 2021 of that program, because the agency didn’t “achieve expected savings,” and therefore – wait for it – the current reduced rates continue to apply.  The...

Advocacy, competitive bidding, coronavirus outbreak, lobbying, oxygen concentrators, Round 2021


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VGM has ‘proactive’ meeting with new member of Congress

January 26, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group hosted a socially distanced and masked-up meeting with newly elected member of Congress, Ashley Hinson, at its corporate headquarters on Jan. 25. Rep. Hinson, R-Iowa, met with VGM senior leadership, as well as John Gallagher, Tom Powers and Emily Harkin of the Government Relations team. The group discussed concerns within the HME industry, primarily decreased reimbursement rates and regulatory burdens. “The discussion was constructive, and both parties were...

congressional visit, lobbying, Rep. Ashley Hinson, VGM Government Relations


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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...

Advocacy, associations, bid relief, budget neutrality requirement, lobbying


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NCART, NRRTS postpone Summit

March 11, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - NCART and NRRTS have postponed their Access2CRT Summit, originally scheduled for March 30-31 in Arlington, Va., “due to the unpredictable nature and reach of the coronavirus.” “We regret having to take this action and understand this will inconvenience registrants with travel plans in place,” the organizations stated. “However, like many across the country, we have been carefully monitoring the progression of the coronavirus and the recommendations and actions...

Access2CRT Summit, complex rehab, lobbying, ncart, nrrts


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NHIA pushes lawmakers for fix

October 2, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Forty-six members of the National Home Infusion Association met with more than 70 Congressional offices on Oct. 1 to discuss concerns with how CMS plans to implement a payment policy for home infusion services.In a final rule released in 2018, CMS said it would limit reimbursement for professional services to only those days a “skilled professional”—which it defines as a nurse—is in the home. Stakeholders have pushed back, saying that was not the intent of lawmakers.“Congress...

home infusion, lobbying, skilled professional requirement


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Advocacy heats up in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota

May 14, 2019HME News Staff

Tarentum, Pa.-based Blackburn's hosted U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., for a roundtable discussion with company executives, University of Pittsburgh researchers and other industry stakeholders, according to a local newspaper. The focus of the discussion: two bills, one that would stop competitive bidding pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs (H.R. 2293) and one that would create a separate benefit category for complex rehab (H.R. 2408). Lamb said the discussion was valuable, especially...

Advocacy, legislation, lobbying


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NCART: Share new data with lawmakers

September 18, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Complex rehab stakeholders have another data point to support their efforts to stop CMS from applying competitive bidding pricing to components of complex rehab manual wheelchairs. The Clinician Task Force surveyed clinicians from across the county and collected patient-specific issues related to the ongoing cuts to complex rehab, and shared them in a recent letter to Reps. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and John Larson, D-Conn. “With the recent reduction in payment for CRT manual wheelchair...

accessories, complex rehab, lobbying, manual wheelchairs


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Is lobbying lethargy setting in?

July 27, 2018Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - The results of a recent HME Newspoll show an industry divided over the benefits of lobbying, with one camp citing Medicare as a lost cause and another believing too much is at stake not to advocate.Only 47% of respondents to the poll say they submitted comments to a recent interim final rule that laid out CMS's plans to offer relief from competitive bidding, but only from June 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018, and only in rural and non-contiguous areas, not all non-bid areas.“If...

Home Medical Equipment, lobbying


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AAH taps Bachenheimer for general counsel

May 10, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has retained Brown & Fortunato to provide a range of legal and advisory services. Long-time HME industry advocate Cara Bachenheimer, who is set to open a Washington, D.C., lobbying office for the Amarillo, Texas-based law firm in June, will take the lead role representing the association's regulatory and legislative priorities. “I have had a front-row view of Cara's work on HME public policy issues over the years, and I have always come away impressed by her depth of...

aahomecare, Brown & Fortunato, Cara Bachenheimer, general counsel, lobbying


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