AAH, ATS make their case on the Hill

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and the American Thoracic Society will share the impacts of Medicare’s competitive bidding program on oxygen patients at a Feb. 14 congressional staff briefing.

Both organizations have conducted studies on the program and AAHomecare has used the results of those studies to bolster its arguments with lawmakers, as well as with CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget.

But next week’s briefing, organized by Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., offers the organizations the opportunity to present findings to a broader segment of Hill staffers to build support for H.R. 4229.

The bill, which has 118 co-sponsors, would delay a second round of reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018. Stakeholders believe if they can reach 150 co-sponsors, they’ll have a powerful case for leadership to move the bill.

Participants in the briefing will include Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, and Mike Calcaterra, Northern zone vice president for Norco in Spokane, Wash.

Stakeholders are asking providers to ask their contacts in the House and Senate to attend the briefing.