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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...

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Our work never stops

September 30, 2019Guest Commentary

The bids are in for Round 2021. Now the HME community will wait until sometime next summer to see the prices set through the bidding process and a final announcement of contracted suppliers in the fall of 2020. The uncertainty as to how Medicare reimbursement rates will shake out presents business planning challenges for every segment of the HME sector, whether a company is in a bidding area or in a non-bid/rural area using bidding-derived pricing. The results will also impact rates from the spectrum...

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In the year that was and the year ahead, all things point to Congress

December 21, 2018Guest Commentary

The tide is finally starting to turn for the HME sector. In 2018, CMS added more than $1.5 billion to the Medicare benefit and to suppliers' bottom lines, mainly in rural America, thanks to the HME-related IFR released in May, along with the ESRD/DMEPOS Final Rule unveiled in November. These actions represent the most significant reimbursement relief for HME since the bidding program's inception.While this relief for HME was granted through regulatory action, it may never have seen the light of day...

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AAH sets sights on 'sideliners'

January 19, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are casting a wider net for providers to build more support for a bill that would provide relief from Medicare's competitive bidding program.As of Friday, providers had helped to push the number of co-sponsors for H.R. 4229 to 110.“We've got a core group of providers that have advocated all along and that's terrific,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. “But we've also got sideliners who have let others do it and we've got to get them...

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Bid bill update: Co-sponsors pile on

November 17, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders have kicked efforts to gather co-sponsors for H.R. 4229 into high gear and have no plans of slowing down, they say.Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., introduced the legislation Nov. 2, with 53 original co-sponsors. At press time, there were 75 total co-sponsors.“Right now, this is a good grassroots opportunity to show that there is an urgent need and a feeling in Congress that we have to fix this problem long term,” said Tom Ryan, president...

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Making headway on HME reimbursement issues

October 20, 2017Guest Commentary

There's no getting around the fact that the HME sector remains under pressure thanks to significant cuts to Medicare reimbursement over the last few years. The effects of bidding program pricing, as well as the use of bidding-derived rates in rural and other non-bid areas, have hit almost every segment of this business hard. It's a fact I know first-hand as the former head of a New York-based oxygen provider.If you are an AAHomecare member, or you've been following our efforts in the trade press,...

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Stakeholders prepare for bid-relief bill to drop

October 13, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders have begun the task of shoring up support in anticipation of a bill that would provide some relief from the competitive bid program.Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has released draft language of the legislation, which would extend a retroactive delay of a second round of reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2019. Per the legislation, reimbursement for that period would be based on reimbursement on Jan. 1, 2016.“McMorris Rodgers...

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Bid relief: Time to rack up co-signers, stakeholders say

September 21, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., began circulating a sign-on letter Sept. 19 to put pressure on the Office of Management and Budget to move on a competitive bidding-related interim final rule that's currently under its review.“Our champion Cathy McMorris-Rodgers feels that there has been some push back from the OMB and she wants to use some congressional pressure to see if it can help to clear the rule,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. “It's another...

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Stakeholders grease wheels for possible action in September

July 28, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders have legislative language being vetted that would freeze payment rates at the Jan. 1, 2016, amounts, and fix the so-called “double-dip” for oxygen payments.The news comes on the eve of the August recess, a time when HME providers need to turn up the heat on lawmakers while they're back in their home districts.“Then we can say, 'Here's your August meeting agenda,'” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare. “Get them to understand...

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AAH launches survey to dig deeper into access issues

July 28, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are reaching past the ranks of HME providers to gauge the impact of competitive bidding, as they continue to push for reforms to the program.AAHomecare is working with Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, a well-respected healthcare research group, on a new surveythat will seek input from not only HME providers but also Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and other healthcare professionals like hospital discharge planners.“We've made headway at CMS, certainly, with...

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