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NCART, NRRTS organize call-in day in conjunction with conference


WASHINGTON – If you’re not one of the 200 people who will be descending on Capitol Hill this week for the National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference, you can still particip

Stakeholders apply full-court press on bidding, audits


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, HME providers and state association leaders held congressional meetings in four states last week to discuss their concerns with competitive bidding and audits. In Bismarck, N.D., Great Plains Rehabilitation hosted events with Sens.

MS Society throws weight behind complex rehab bills


WASHINGTON – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has made bills to create a separate benefit for complex rehab one of its legislative priorities for 2014.

'Get in there'

Bill will get passed one lawmaker at a time, Florida coalition says

OCCC – A coalition of HME providers from Florida gathered in Room W209A on Wednesday morning to share its success story in convincing Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., to co-sponsor H.R. 1717.

Staff from Posey’s office was also there.

Nat’l CRT Week keeps conversation going

‘Staffers took notes furiously’

WASHINGTON – Congressional visits during National CRT Week were “a real eye opener” for lawmakers, industry stakeholders say.

Industry recruits media in bid fight

Press conferences scheduled to highlight program’s failures

YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry stakeholders are trying to organize numerous press calls in August about the negative impact of competitive bidding as another way to get the attention of lawmakers, who are in their home districts for the whole month.

Lessons from a competitive bidding warrior

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Georgie Blackburn
Georgie Blackburn is vice president of government relations and legislative affairs for Blackburn’s in Tarentum, Pa.

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Blackburn’s membership address at the PAMS Annual Meeting in May.

NAIMES launches 'Operation STOP NCB'


WASHINGTON – NAIMES has scheduled a virtual fly-in for Dec. 5 to build support for H.R. 6490, a bill that would replace the current competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program (MPP).

Lobbyist to CELA attendees: 'Refute these three things'

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Washington, D.C., healthcare lobbyist spelled out what industry stakeholders must do to get a separate benefit for complex rehab during a presentation at CELA on Wednesday.