WASHINGTON, DC – The American Association for Homecare’s (AAHomecare) Washington Legislative Conference is just a week away, and the Washington, DC-based organization has been working with its council leadership and legislative experts to introduce new audit reform legislation. Attendees at the conference, scheduled for May 7-8, will receive full briefings on the topic.
“The Washington Legislative Conference is your opportunity to come to DC and help drive the industry agenda with policymakers,” says Tom Ryan, president and CEO, AAHomecare. “There are going to be major developments with audit reform and we will need everyone’s support.”
COPD Foundation Strongly Disagrees with GAO Comp Bidding Findings
WASHINGTON, DC – A recent GAO report reveals Medicare cost savings of about $400 million due to the competitive bidding program. The GAO further reports that comp bidding did not appear to have adversely affected beneficiary access to covered items such as supplemental oxygen. The COPD Foundation takes “great umbrage” with the GAO report, and the Foundation has had direct contact with the CMS Ombudsman on this issue.
According to a foundation press release, “Had the GAO interviewed the COPD Foundation, we would have had the opportunity to express our displeasure and growing concern with this flawed program. The COPD Foundation has contended for sometime that CMS should exempt oxygen from the DME competitive bidding program. From the beginning, the Competitive Bidding program has caused market place changes that have brought hardship to the patient community.”
AAHomecare Builds Coalition
WASHINGTON, DC – With the launch of savemymedicalsupplies.org, AAHomecare is strengthening its relationships with patient groups. To take the first step in building the coalition, Tom Ryan and Peter Rankin met with staff from Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Go to www.savemymedicalsupplies.org for more info.