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People news: Ashley Plauche, Melissa Puccio


AAHomecare has promoted Ashley Plauche to assistant director, membership and public relations.

Stakeholders seek to fill GAP


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and the VGM Group are working to with state and regional HME associations to revamp the Grassroots Accountability Project.

AAH round up: Blended rates, accreditation, Tricare West, tax penalties


WASHINGTON – The DME MACs have been instructed to reprocess claims from March 6-April 22 that should have been paid at the 75/25 blended rate per the CARES Act. Only competitively bid items in non-rural, non-bid areas are impacted.

Bill Guidetti: ‘These are challenging times, but we are highly engaged’


YARMOUTH, Maine – AAHomecare’s new chairman, Bill Guidetti, has a list of priorities, but at the top of the list: putting a stop to competitive bidding while the HME industry continues to operate under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In brief: Medicare audits, Anthem rate cuts, NC win


WASHINGTON – Starting Aug. 3, auditors will restart their audit functions, according to a recently published FAQ from CMS.

Anthem declines to rescind rate cuts


WASHINGTON – Anthem does not plan to rescind rate reductions of 11% to 60% for HME, AAHomecare reports.

The payer and its subsidiary, Amerigroup, implemented the cuts for its commercial and government plans in the 22 states it serves.

Round 2021: All eyes on CMS

‘We’re beginning to see a surge, and we don’t know what the fall and winter will bring’

WASHINGTON – There’s no crystal ball, but after two meetings with high-level CMS officials in late June, industry stakeholders feel there could be a chance the agency pauses Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

AAH provides update on Tricare and COVID-19 relief


WASHINGTON – Tricare East contractor Human Military loaded new reimbursement rates authorized by the CARES Act into their system on June 3, according to AAHomecare.

Tax-paying providers lose 21%, organizations say


WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has joined 17 other health care organizations in sending a letter to Congress asking them to fix a tax penalty embedded in the CARES Act.

AAHomecare sees increased support


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare says it has seen a strong increase in the number of companies supporting the association at the corporate partner level.