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Industry challenges: ‘They’re concerning to everyone’

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Industry challenges: ‘They’re concerning to everyone’

October 1, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare kicked off the busy fall legislative session with its first-ever Virtual Legislative Conference last week and a sign-on letter pressing CMS to finalize a DMEPOS proposed rule that would adjust payment rates.  The letter, spearheaded by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., a ranking member on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., is the first in a two-step process to get relief for the industry, says Jay Witter.  “We’ve...

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Rising costs and stagnant reimbursements are squeezing HME suppliers

October 1, 2021HME News Staff

That’s a phrase I’ve used repeatedly over the last year-and-a-half in interviews, op-eds, and discussions with policymakers and HME leaders. As AAHomecare continues the aggressive national media outreach campaign we started this year, and also engages Capitol Hill and CMS to secure much-needed and long-overdue adjustments to Medicare reimbursement rates, I know I’ll have ample opportunity to continue to point out HME’s essential contributions to meeting the challenges posed...

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AAH on HME: ‘We solve the crisis’ 

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AAH on HME: ‘We solve the crisis’ 

May 14, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is striking while the iron is hot with its recent decision to engage a public relations firm to help the industry show the value of HME.  “Home oxygen therapy right now is on the tip of the tongue to the average person (due to the COVID-19 pandemic),” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the association. “They’ve heard about vents, too. They know, what would a day without...

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Industry in waiting 

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Industry in waiting 

April 30, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision to delay finalizing a proposed rule could signal the agency’s intent to focus on other matters, say industry stakeholders.  “We believe CMS is planning on issuing a proposed rule to modify the bid program,” says Cara Bachenheimer, who heads up the government affairs practice at Brown & Fortunato, where she is also a shareholder. “My guess is they are focused on that.”   In a notice...

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Sequestration relief extended through end of year 

April 14, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed an amended version of H.R. 1868, extending the pause on the 2% Medicare sequester cuts through the end of 2021.    As a result, about $158 million more in Medicare payments will be made to HME providers over the rest of the year, on top of the $193 million provided by pausing the cuts from May 2020 through March 2021, according to AAHomecare.   “Keeping the 2% sequester...

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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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