Moving the HME Industry Forward

Legislative/Advocacy

Battling the Barrage of Audits

July 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – A barrage of government audits continues to cripple many HME companies, and the majority of these audits are overturned by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). Unfortunately, the process of overturning a denied claim can take years; significantly impacting a home care provider’s ability to service patients. AAHomecare is ready to bring the industry together to fix this broken system.

HR 5083, the Audit Improvement and Reform Act (AIR Act), introduced by Reps Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and John Barrow (D-Ga) will make the audit process more efficient, bring back clinical inference, increase transparency, education and outreach—and reward suppliers for low error rates.

To support the legislation, AAHomecare has launched http://FixMedicareAudits.org

FixMedicareAudits.org is where policymakers and AAHomecare members can learn everything they need to know about audit reform and why they should support the AIR Act. This new platform brings together the multiple components of AAHomecare’s audit reform strategy.

Visitors to the site can learn the facts about audits, how they can support the AIR Act, contribute to the HME Audit Key audit tracking system, share their personal audit stories, and find audit education resources. It is imperative that every provider share this valuable industry resource, activate their grassroots networks, and urge their elected officialS to support the legislation.

Visit FixMedicareAudits.org to learn more.

Tom Ryan is president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare, Washington, DC.