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In brief: Sequestration cuts, Better Health’s debut, NSM’s latest buy 

March 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts from March 31, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021.  H.R. 1868, which passed 246-175, would also exempt the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan from the statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, eliminating an additional 4% Medicare cut that would amount to about $36 billion in 2022.  On March 15, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.,...

Avera Home Medical Equipment, Better Health, David Hartley, United Spinal Association, Walt Gorski

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In memoriam: Walt Gorski, David Hartley

March 25, 2021HME News Staff

Walt Gorski, former vice president of government relations for AAHomecare, passed away March 10 at his home in Fairfax, Va. Before joining AAHomecare, where we worked from 2006 to 2013, Walt had roles at lobbying firm BKSH and the American Orthotic Association, and held health care policy roles for House Committee chairs Dan Rostenkowski and Pete Starck. Go here to read the complete obituary...David Hartley, who led Home Health Depot before selling it...

David Hartley, Walt Gorski

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Audits permeate Congress this week

July 9, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Audits take the spotlight in Washington, D.C., this week as lawmakers seek to address ongoing concerns with Medicare's audit system. At a roundtable held today, July 9, by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., consultant and former AAHomecare exec Walt Gorski will testify on behalf of the Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (MESA) about the audit process and its impact on HME providers. Sen. Nelson is the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which, among other tasks, reviews...

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Audit, Walt Gorski

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Audits: Public enemy No. 1

February 21, 2014Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Walt Gorski, formerly of AAHomecare, once told me that audits were a bigger issue for HME providers than competitive bidding. I'm starting to believe him. With competitive bidding, providers know, for the most part, what they're dealing with. At some point, they know if they're going to get a contract or not, and they know that reimbursement will be X% off the current Medicare fee schedule. With competitive bidding, providers may not like what they know, but at least they have...

Audit, John Gallagher, Walt Gorski

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Gorski hangs out a shingle

April 26, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

When Walt Gorski cleaned out his office at AAHomecare in March, he found himself looking at several years' worth of documents that proved some industry issues have been around a long time. Gorski plans to keep working on many of those issues through The Gorski Healthcare Group. He spoke with HME News recently about how far the industry has come—and where it needs to go next.HME News: What legacy have you left through your six years at AAHomecare?Walt Gorski: What I hope is to have changed the...

AAHomecare, Competitive Bidding, Walt Gorski

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Hit me with your best shot

September 21, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

I had a feeling when I contacted AAHomecare's Walt Gorski on Thursday for an update on how close the market pricing program was to getting introduced as a bill, that the industry wasthisclosetoseeingithappen. You see he's usually a fount of quotes, but not this time. That always makes me suspicious. True to his word, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., introduced the bill, with 13 co-sponsors no less. On Friday afternoon. About two minutes after we proofed our weekly newswire. And one minute after we posted my...

Competitive Bidding, Market pricing program, Rep. Tom Price, Walt Gorski

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On the Editor's Desk

Competitive bidding: What Congress is saying (and a few others) about the bid amounts

July 6, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Healthwatch, the healthcare blog of The Hill, a beltway publication, ran two stories over the weekend on the bid amounts for competitive bidding. Neither spells good news for the HME industry. At least one sentator (Max Baucus, D-Mont.) and one representative (Joe Barton, R-Texas) are hailing the, on average, 32% cut to Medicare reimbursement for nine product categories in nine cities. Baucus said: “Today we are seeing that transparency and competitiveness in Medicare results in a 32 percent...

Bid Amounts, Competitive Bidding, Joe Barton, Max Baucus, On The Editor's Desk, Walt Gorski

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