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Determined stakeholders take case to Hill

‘That brush—Medicare—paints everything,’ said one provider

WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders weren’t lacking in “asks” going into AAHomecare’s Washington Legislative Conference last week, with a number of bills and letters targeting Medicare’s competitive bidding program in place.

Post IFR, stakeholders cast wider net for support


WASHINGTON – A major goal of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference last week was determining whether or not Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will continue to lead the HME industry’s bid relief efforts.

ATS oxygen study bolsters industry findings


WASHINGTON – A recent study from the American Thoracic Society correlates with findings of the HME Patient Access Study sponsored by AAHomecare

AAH elects new leaders


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare elected new leadership during its annual membership meeting at the Washington Legislative Conference in May. Steve Ackerman, CEO, Spectrum Medical, is chairman of the board of directors; Bill Guidetti, executive vice president, East Zone, Apria Healthcare, is vice chairman; and Jeff Hall, president of Reliable Medical Supply, is treasurer. Laura McIlvaine a board member with Shield Healthcare, has joined the board; and Doug Coleman, CEO of Rocky Mountain Medical Equipment, Major Medical Supply & UCH Home Medical Supply, has joined the board and executive committee.

Senate committee prioritizes audit, appeals reform


WASHINGTON – Forcing Medicare to better coordinate audits and improve the appeals process is one of the top priorities of the Senate Finance Committee this year, Kimberly Brandt told attendees at the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference on Wednesday.

Registration opens for legislative conference


WASHINGTON – Registration is now open for the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference, May 24-25 at the Washington Court Hotel. The association says the annual event provides an excellent opportunity to engage directly with lawmakers and their staff members on industry issues, including rural relief, competitive bidding, audits and complex rehab accessories. The event is open to both members and non-members. Early bird room reservations are available through April 28. Click here to register.

Industry appeals for ‘common sense’


WASHINGTON – With precious few Congressional days left to stave off an upcoming second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, the sense of urgency at the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference on Wednesday was palpable.

Quotables and tidbits from #WLC15

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Here are a few quotables and tidbits from my first day at the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference.

You’ll end up in cuffs, sir