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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

  • 153 House Members Endorse HME Policy Priorities
    June 19, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional sign-on letter on HME priority issues “closed” last week with commitments from 153 members of the House of Representatives. Per the usual procedure with these sign-on letters, Hill staffers are now taking the letter to each of these offices to get an actual signature on the letter. AAHomecare will update providers when the letter and signatories are officially released. read more »

  • Unintended Consequences Plaguing HME Government Policy
    June 12, 2017

    TENNESSEE - HME provider Kevin Atkins penned an op-ed for The Jackson Sun earlier this month. Atkins is president of Home Medical Products Inc. Based in Tennessee, the company provides Tennesseans on Medicare with service and products through its 10 store locations across the Volunteer State and into Mississippi and Kentucky. Home Medical Products Inc submitted a piece detailing the problems with regulatory policies covering the HME sector, including drastic reimbursement cuts for rural providers, stating: read more »

  • Increased Attention Needed on TRICARE Rates
    June 12, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - With the publishing of the fee schedule by CMS, the HME industry is still awaiting the Department of Defense Health plans and timeline for implementing the Cures Act. AAHomecare recently sent a letter reminding the Department of Defense that CMS will comply with Congress' mandate by reprocessing DMEPOS claims with date of service between July 1 and December 31, 2016 and pay those claims according to the new fee schedule published for July 1, 2016. read more »

  • Help Sought for House Sign-On Letter Seeking Comp Bidding Regulatory Relief
    June 05, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - We’ve heard reports that 40 members of Congress have added their names to a House sign-on letter to HHS Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma asking for long-term fixes to the competitive bidding program and other industry policy priorities. While we expect that number to grow when Congress returns from recess this week, we’re asking HME stakeholders to weigh in with their representative in the House to ask that they sign on. read more »

  • Powerful Consumer Groups Unite for HME Patient Access
    June 05, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Twenty-six national consumer advocacy associations joined under the ITEM Coalition collective letter to Congress, urging Members to sign-on and support the House-wide Congressional letter asking HHS Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma to use their regulatory authority to make changes to protect the HME benefit. read more »

  • Getting it Right is a Moving Target
    May 29, 2017

    ATLANTA – When Medtrade organizers decided to make changes to the show schedule, I received some e-mails. Most people were happy the show would now end on Wednesday, Oct 25, instead of Thursday, Oct 26. With times still tough, it meant some savings on expenses. read more »

  • Legislative Conference - Building the Future of HME
    May 29, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - The message was clear at last week’s 2017 Washington Legislative Conference – change is needed now. The strong presence of providers and manufacturers on Capitol Hill drove home the message that the HME industry remains committed to furnishing essential and literally life-saving products and services to patients. But HME advocates are also making it clear to Congress that unsustainable reimbursement rates and other policy changes are threatening providers and patients alike. read more »

  • Industry Support Sought for Congressional Sign-on Letter on HME Policy Priorities
    May 22, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Rep Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash) [pictured] released a Congressional sign-on letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma today asking them to use their authority to make significant changes to HME policy. read more »

  • Clinician Video Highlights Problems with Competitive Bidding
    May 22, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the power of a video. For years, clinicians and case managers have struggled to coordinate care for their Medicare patients who require home medical equipment, services, and supplies under the Competitive Bidding Program (CBP). read more »

  • AAHomecare Meets with CMS General Counsel
    May 15, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - AAHomecare continues to press the case for longer-term relief for rural and non-bid area providers as well as for significant structural improvements to the Competitive Bidding Program with Federal regulators. read more »