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Stakeholders push for payment freeze


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are shifting gears in their fight against Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Senators ask CMS to backpedal on accessories


WASHINGTON – A bi-partisan group of 23 senators sent a letter to CMS this week asking the agency to rescind its plan to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs. The letter was lead by Sens.

Deadline is here for senate letter on accessories


WASHINGTON – Today is the last day for senators to sign on to a letter asking CMS to continue paying for accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs at the fee schedule, not the comp

Hospital group taps former CMS administrator as new leader


WASHINGTON – The board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans has elected Marilyn Tavenner, the former administrator of CMS, as its president and CEO.

AAH expects new bid legislation

Association launches campaign to ‘stop the cuts’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is finalizing legislative language to soften the blow of the national roll out of competitive bidding slated for Jan. 1, according to AAHomecare.

Stakeholders spotlight complex rehab with expo


WASHINGTON – NCART will host a “Congressional CRT Exposition” on Capitol Hill on July 20 to educate lawmakers and their staffs on complex rehab.

Lobbying: Plan in advance for meetings

Q. Is it more effective to meet with legislators in-district or in Washington?

A. Recess, especially the long August recess, is a great time to schedule a meeting with your elected officials in their home district office (start in early July as their calendar gets booked up quickly).

Bills get bump from fly-in


WASHINGTON – A legislative fly-in on Sept. 10 spearheaded by The MED Group and supported by AAHomecare resulted in 100 meetings with lawmakers.

Twelve lawmakers sign on to separate benefit bill


WASHINGTON – Twelve more lawmakers have lent their support to H.R. 942 and S. 948, bills that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab.

Lobbying: Emphasize impact on constituents

Q. Why is it important to build a relationship with my elected officials?

A. A wise consultant in our industry once said that if a portion of your business is funded by the federal or state government, it is important to develop a relationship with the people who influence policy—your elected officials.