2017 Washington Legislative Conference Presents Important Opportunity for HME Sector
Please make plans to join us for the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference, set for May 24-25. Whether you’re an experienced, regular attendee of the Legislative Conference or this is your first time attending, your direct, in-person engagement with legislators and their staff members is the most effective means to advocate for better public policy for HME.
While we’ll continue to work on issues related to the bidding program at this year’s conference, these Hill meetings are also opportunities to make the case for reforming Medicare audits and streamlining the appeals process, as well as issues related to reimbursement for mobility and oxygen.
Once again, AAHomecare will schedule appointments for attendees. You'll have access to homecare's top experts who will help you understand the details of the key issues during Wednesday’s education sessions and provide guidance on making a good impression at your meetings, as well as on establishing working relationships with your members of Congress.
I’ve been asked by a few people whether attending this year’s conference is really necessary, given the better chances for regulatory action rather than new legislation in 2017. Let me be crystal clear in this point: I believe it’s as relevant as ever, given the opportunities we have to secure better public policy for HME in 2017 – even if that occurs primarily through regulation, Congressional support will play an important role. In addition, I’ve learned over the years that building relationships and generating support on Capitol Hill takes a persistent effort; we can’t afford to ease up on that process now.
We’ve made strong progress in 2016, and we’re well-positioned for more public policy gains this year – but we can’t make it happen without your engagement on Capitol Hill. I look forward to seeing you in DC and continuing our work to make sure that every segment of our industry gets fair and sensible regulation, as well as sustainable reimbursement rates – and a chance to survive and thrive – in the coming years.