Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

  • Additional Case Manager Participation Sought for Patient Access Survey
    August 21, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As suppliers standing on the front lines of patient care, AAHomecare officials are asking for your help in recruiting case managers and Medicare beneficiaries to take the nationwide survey that evaluates patient access to HME under competitive bidding in bid and non-bid areas. read more »

  • Nominate an HME Leader for the 2017 Van Miller Homecare Champion Award
    August 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Van Miller Homecare Champion. Nominate an AAHomecare member who has made an exceptional contribution to the homecare sector throughout their career in one of the following ways: read more »

  • Recess Outreach to Congress Will Help Set the Stage for Forthcoming HME Legislation
    August 07, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Our champions on Capitol Hill have asked AAHomecare and other industry stakeholders to continue to engage members of Congress on the need for long-term relief for rural and non-CB area providers as well as the additional “double dip” cuts to the Medicare fee schedule for stationary oxygen. read more »

  • HME Providers Will Play Important Role in Helping People to Share Their Experiences
    July 31, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - AAHomecare is beginning work on a major initiative to assess and report on patient access to HME in areas served by the competitive bidding program as well as in rural and non-bid areas. The Association has engaged leading healthcare research group Dobson DaVanzo & Associates to develop a survey that will get perspectives from HME suppliers, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and hospital discharge personnel on the impact of patient access to HME as a result of the competitive bidding program in bid and non-bid areas. Dobson DaVanzo will analyze survey results and develop a report on participants’ experiences.  read more »

  • AAHomecare Members Educate Claims and Coding Professionals on Mobility Product
    July 24, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - AAHomecare recently hosted an educational session for DME MAC and PDAC personnel in Fargo, ND on manual, power, and CRT wheelchairs and accessories. Kim Brummett, AAHomecare’s vice president of regulatory affairs, and representatives from member companies who manufacture mobility products were on hand to demonstrate equipment and accessories to approximately 35 individuals involved in audits, coding, and claims analysis. read more »

  • HME Audit Key Continues to Show High Overturn Rates
    July 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - The latest HME Audit Key survey results, running through the 1st Quarter of 2017, shows continued appeal determinations in favor of suppliers in several product categories, including overturn rates of 68% for respiratory products, 77% for ostomy, urological, wound care, and diabetic supplies, and 81% for NPWT devices and supplies. read more »

  • Stemming the Tide Through Payer Relations
    July 10, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - While AAHomecare remains focused on legislative and regulatory strategies to move the industry forward, the organization’s investment in payer relations has produced impressive returns for HME providers in the first year focusing on this area. read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - One Down, Three to Go
    July 03, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Now that advocates have secured a win in one of the four areas that AAHomecare and Congressional champions have identified as policy priorities, three significant issues remain: read more »

  • Strong Legislative Conference Showing Helps Power Sign-on Letter
    June 26, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As we noted in last week’s alert, 154 House members signed on to a letter asking HHS & CMS leadership for action on HME policy priorities, including reforming the competitive bidding program.  In addition to having more than one-third of the House signed on, the letter is also impactful on account of bipartisan support from the 50 Democrats who joined 104 Republicans on the letter.  In addition, 37 of the members on the letter are on important committees of jurisdiction for Medicare reimbursement related issues, the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees. read more »

  • Joint Venture With Hospital
    June 26, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - A “joint venture” arises when two or more individuals own something together. For example, if my friend (Mark Higley) and I open a frozen yogurt stand called “Mark’s and Jeff’s Frozen Yogurt,” then a joint venture is created. The same holds true when St. Mary’s Hospital and ABC Medical Equipment, Inc. decide to create and operate a DME company called “St. Mary’s Medical Equipment, Inc.” (SMME”). read more »