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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

  • Dare to Be Optimistic
    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – It’s true that many HME providers think about attending Medtrade Spring in Las Vegas or Medtrade in Atlanta, long before they ever finally attend. I have heard the stories, and the ending is just about always the same. They say, “I should not have waited so long. I got so much out of attending the show.” read more »

  • AAHomecare Disappointed With Reimbursement Adjustment Timeline
    February 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As reported last week, CMS has released guidance to the DME MACs for retroactive reimbursement adjustments for rural/non-bid area providers for equipment and services furnished between July 1-Dec. 31, 2016, as mandated by CURES legislation that passed late last year. read more »

  • Dr. Price Will Find a Way
    February 13, 2017

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - As one familiar with the history of the Medicare program (as an early provider and now a beneficiary and association manager), I am convinced beyond any doubt that the HME industry hit rock bottom in 2016 and has begun a move that will bring us as close as we will ever get to the marvelous first ten years of existence. We have never had an HHS Secretary who knows and appreciates our industry like Dr. Tom Price, and all I have heard about the prospective CMS Administrator has been good. The changes CMS has already made or proposed have been encouraging. read more »

  • Cautious Optimism Reigns as Tom Price is Confirmed New HHS Secretary
    February 13, 2017

    ATLANTA – Rep Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga) has been confirmed as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services by a Senate vote of 52-47. AAHomecare president Tom Ryan released a statement immediately following the confirmation, saying that, "Dr. Price has a strong appreciation of the role that home medical equipment providers play in allowing people to remain in their homes when recuperating from an illness or dealing with long-term health challenges. read more »

  • AAHomecare Extends Data Submission Deadline for Audit Key to Feb 10
    February 06, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Participation in the Audit Key Survey is vital to ensure that AAHomecare is able to accurately reflect the industry's experience with Medicare audit contractors and make the case for much-needed audit reform. AAHomecare wants to give HME companies who have signed up every chance to contribute to the program, so we they extended the submission period for 4th Quarter 2016 data to February 10. read more »

  • 2017 - The Year of Opportunity
    February 06, 2017

    EXETER, PA - Regardless of your personal politics, last year ended on a positive note for the industry with passage of the 21st Century CURES bill that included six months of retroactive competitive bidding relief in non-bid/rural areas, and an extension of the delay to protect complex rehab accessories from the application of bid pricing for standard wheelchair accessories. read more »

  • Medtrade Spring is Worth the Time and Money
    January 30, 2017

    LAS VEGAS - It’s late January, the New England Patriots are once again preparing for a trip to the Super Bowl, and providers across the country are considering their attendance at Medtrade Spring. With significant reimbursement pressures continuing, alongside an expanding regulatory and audit burden, it’s as easy as ever to simply not attend and chalk it up to a few dollars and hours saved. I would submit that it’s at precisely these times that attendance is most critical. read more »

  • HME Audit Key 4th Quarter 2016 Data Submission Round Open Through Feb 3
    January 30, 2017

    WASHINGTONG, DC – AAHomecare officials are urging providers to participate in the latest round of data submission to make a stronger case for audit reform. Even if you didn't participate in the earlier data submission rounds, you can still take part in the survey. read more »

  • What’s Next
    January 23, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As we start the New Year, with a new Congress just getting settled in and a new Presidential Administration beginning in just a couple days, AAHomecare has hit the ground running to ensure we can build on last year’s legislative and regulatory successes and capitalize on potential opportunities for even better public policy outcomes for HME in 2017. I’d like to give you a quick rundown on what we’ve been focusing on at the start of the year to make that happen. read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - Continuous Glucose Monitors Will Be Classified as DME
    January 23, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, CMS announced the determination to classify continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems as DME under Part B. CGM is a small device that continuously measures glucose levels. In order for a medical device to be classified as DME under Medicare, the equipment needs to meet the following criteria: function for at least 3 years, can be used repeatedly, primarily has a medical purpose, is used in the home setting, and is only useful for persons with an injury or illness. CGM devices that replace the need for glucometers meet CMS’ DME definition, and there is currently only one product available in the market.
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