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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

  • In Memory of Thelma Prial
    April 24, 2017

    GOOSE CREEK, SC – Thelma Prial passed away on Monday, April 17. Many long-time Medtrade attendees knew Thelma, who was married to Shelly Prial, a legendary advocate in the HME industry. Shelly and Thelma were married for 67 years. read more »

  • AAHomecare Continues to Advocate Against Double Dip Cuts for Stationary Oxygen
    April 24, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As first reported in December, AAHomecare has been working to get rural and non-bid area oxygen suppliers relief from “double dip” cuts in the 2017 Medicare fee schedule for stationary oxygen, which results in rates for rural and other non-bid area suppliers that are lower than the competitive bidding rates for this product category in many CBAs. read more »

  • New Leadership at Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP)
    April 24, 2017

    ALBANY, NY - Kim Voelker recently stepped down as executive director of the Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP). The board of directors chose TayCar Inc, headed up by Beth Bowen, to lead NEMEP into its next phase. Bowen also leads ACMESA, FAHCS, and ATHOMES, medical equipment associations in FL, NC, TN and VA. read more »

  • If Not Now, When?
    April 17, 2017

    SILVER SPRING, MD - For many this time of year, Spring is a time for renewed optimism. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the birds are back and singing. Life feels good again. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Judy Bunn
    April 17, 2017

    CLEVELAND, OH – Judy Bunn is no stranger to the fine print. As compliance manager for Ohio-based Medical Service Company, she tracks the minutia for more than a dozen locations, helping to keep the regional provider in accordance with government guidelines.  read more »

  • HME Audit Key Data Submission Opens Today
    April 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Your data can help AAHomecare make the case for audit reform. Even if you haven’t participated in previous HME Audit Key data submission rounds, you can take part in the survey. read more »

  • AAHomecare Meets with CMS Administrator Verma
    April 10, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, industry advocates met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma (pictured) and Deputy Administrator Demetrios Kouzoukas, as well as several other HHS and CMS staffers. CMS staff met with: Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president; Jay Witter, AAHomecare senior vice president of public affairs; Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations with Invacare; and Thomas Barker, an attorney recently engaged by the Association. read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - April 6 Deadline for Rural Reimbursement Feedback
    April 03, 2017

     WASHINGTON, DC - Last month, HME stakeholders from around the nation shared stories about how bidding-derived deep cuts for providers in rural areas are affecting their businesses and patients and also shared information on operational issues that CMS is required to collect as mandated by last December’s CURES legislation. read more »

  • 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 »