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Bid relief letter draws 104 signatures

Deadline for signatures was Wednesday

WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter in the House of Representatives to pressure the Office of Management and Budget to move on a competitive bidding-related interim final rule has 104 signatures, according to AAHomecare.

Bid relief update: House applies pressure on OMB


WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., has launched a congressional sign-on letter that asks the Office of Management and Budget to clear a competitive bidding-related interim final rule currently under its review, AAHomecare reports.

Stakeholders apply steady pressure for bid relief

Recent data analysis by AAHomecare shows 42% reduction in number of providers from 2013 to 2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say they’re primed to build further support for bid relief after a post-July 4th recess surge resulted in a total of 49 signatures for a Senate sign-on letter.

Price now has letters from both Senate, House


WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders collected 48 signatures for a letter from Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to use his regulatory authority to provide relief from competitive bidding in rural areas, VGM reported this morning.

Stakeholders rack up ‘impressive’ list of co-signers for bid relief letter


WASHINGTON – The HME industry has met its goal of at least 150 co-signers for a letter calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Small Business Committee goes to bat for HME


WASHINGTON – The House Small Business Committee is asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for relief for HME providers.

Congresswoman releases support letter


WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. R-Wash., is circulating a sign-on letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.

CGS begins payment adjustments


WASHINGTON – CGS will begin adjusting tens of thousands of claims from non-competitive bidding areas each day for about the next 24 weeks, the DME MAC for Jurisdictions B and C announced May 8.

CMS does ‘whatever it wants,’ say frustrated stakeholders

Adjusted fee schedule not what Congress intended, they say

WASHINGTON – While there is “no question” that Congress intended for CMS to reset rural and non-bid area rates for the second half of 2016 to match those of the first half of the year, the agency’s decision not to was, technically, legal, say industry stakeholders.

CMS updates fee schedule, AAH pledges to push back


WASHINGTON – CMS has delivered “a slap in the face” to the HME industry with its updated fee schedule for rural and non-competitive bidding areas, AAHomecare says.