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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

  • A Peek Behind the Curtain - the Medtrade Monday Guy
    March 27, 2017

    A Peek Behind the Curtain – the Medtrade Monday Guy
    FORT COLLINS, CO – It’s been a little over five years now that I’ve been writing/editing the Medtrade Monday e-newsletter. The mission is to spread industry news, opinions, and even advice (Jeff Baird’s column is a great example). read more »

  • AAHomecare Shares Recommendations for Bidding Program Fixes
    March 27, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, AAHomecare shared HME industry recommendations for fixing significant problems with CMS’ DMEPOS competitive bidding program with HHS Secretary Tom Price. The recommendations focus on six major areas: read more »

  • 2017 Washington Legislative Conference Presents Important Opportunity
    March 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - I’m always excited to see old friends and make new connections at Medtrade, and the recent successful show in Las Vegas (Medtrade Spring) was no exception. However, what I did hear there from several individuals about the state of their businesses was sobering, especially from rural/non-bid area providers who have been severely impacted by last year’s bidding derived reimbursement cuts. And CMS’ unreasonably slow plans to provide CURES-mandated relief isn’t helping anyone’s mood or bottom line. read more »

  • CRT Accessories Legislation Introduced With Strong Bipartisan Support
    March 13, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Legislation to prevent the application of bidding-derived pricing for CRT accessories was introduced in the Senate and House last week. The Senate bill, S. 486, introduced by lead sponsors Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Bob Casey (D-Pa), and its House companion, H.R. 1361, introduced by Reps Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and John Larson (D-Conn) both show strong bipartisan support from initial co-sponsors. read more »

  • How Optimistic Will We Be in Oct 2017?
    March 13, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – At this point, I think we’re all sick of the term “cautious optimism.” Journalists love to use it in headlines because it’s generic. Industry newsletter editors (like me) like to use it because it’s non-committal.

    When Steve Ackerman, CEO of Spectrum Medical, Silver Spring, Maryland, dared to say “optimistic” at Medtrade Spring without “cautiously” in front of the word, I was pleasantly surprised. Is Steve really optimistic? He seemed sincere, so I’ll take him at his word. read more »

  • AAHomecare at Medtrade Spring - We Ask That You Continue to Fight
    March 06, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – Speakers at the American Association for Homecare’s Legislative Update characterized 2017 as a “year of opportunity” on day two of Medtrade Spring. “We believe we can work in the regulatory environment,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO, AAHomecare, “and not have to continue to go to the Hill for legislation.” read more »

  • Rock Bottom and Rebound?
    March 06, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - It is my opinion that the DME industry has finally reached "rock bottom" and is now starting its rebound. My opinion is based on several observations. read more »

  • Leitten Study Reinforces Value of DME
    February 27, 2017

    WATERLOO, IA - Leitten Consulting released its latest findings on the economic impact Medicare spending has on health care as it relates to durable medical equipment. Leitten’s study, The Case for Medicare Investment in Durable Medical Equipment, shows that the health care system and beneficiaries save on long-term costs if the government invests in durable medical equipment services up front. read more »

  • Stand Up for Homecare at Medtrade Spring
    February 27, 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 »

  • 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 »