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Stakeholders map out multi-pronged strategy

May 22, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - The buzz at the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference last week was the HME industry's next moves in the fight against Medicare's competitive bidding and audit programs.In the works, but not yet ready: legislation that would phase in or delay the national roll out of competitive bidding planned for Jan. 1, 2016. Another talking point: a market-pricing program to replace the program.As Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told attendees, “We may not be able to eat the whole apple with...

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Bill's pay-for includes sweeping cut to Medicaid payments for HME

May 22, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - As HME stakeholders prepared to descend on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning as part of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference, an unexpected item was added to their to-do list.The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced that morning that the pay-for for the 21st Century Cures Act included reducing Medicaid payments to match Medicare payments for certain HME included in the competitive bidding program, a move it says will bring in $2.8 billion, according to The Hill.“This...

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Steedley makes room for Letizia

May 22, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Robert Steedley handed over the reins to John Letizia during the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference this week.Steedley said one of his goals as chairman of AAHomecare's board of directors was leaving the association better off than he found it, something he says he feels he accomplished by helping to build a “dynamic staff” and “getting some legislation passed.”“I'm more committed, more energized now than when I took over two years ago,”...

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