AAH updates: Bidding, MedPAC, Medicaid

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

AAHomecare submitted two letters to Health and Human Services and CMS officials this week. The first letter detailed long-term reforms for the competitive bidding program and highlighted seven priority recommendations that the association would like to see incorporated into the next round of the program. The second letter was a response to the President’s Budget for FY2019 and identified seven proposals that would impact the HME industry, the most concerning of which being expanding the bid process to all areas of the country, including rural areas…AAHomecare is working with consumer groups like the United Spinal Association to educate and engage lawmakers to push back against recent proposals by MedPAC to add products to the competitive bidding program…AAHomecare reports that state Medicaid officials in Iowa and Rhode Island have decided to maintain current rates for DMEPOS, rather than adopt Medicare pricing. The association has now updated its Cures Scorecard, showing six states adopting Medicare pricing, 11 states planning to adopt Medicare pricing, 13 states choosing not to adopt Medicare pricing, one state adopting Medicare pricing for a limited number of codes, and 10 states still analyzing data. The association is still trying to obtain information from 10 other states.