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HME champions win re-election


WASHINGTON – A number of champions for the HME industry, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., have won their re-election bids in Congress.

Washington update: Rule moves closer to reality, but agenda remains long


ATLANTA – CMS’s final rule with significant changes to the competitive bidding program has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for clearance, Tom Ryan told Medtrade attendees at Tuesday morning’s AAHomecare Washington Update.

Stakeholders pressure CMS with two letters


WASHINGTON – A groundswell of grassroots support carried a pair of bid-related sign-on letters over the finish line last week, say industry stakeholders.

Signing frenzy: Stakeholders race to collect signatures for two letters


WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that seeks additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program has nearly 100 signatures, VGM Group reports this week.

Senators circulate bid relief letter

Deadline extended for House letter

WASHINGTON – A Senate sign-on letter supporting additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program was released this morning, a companion letter to one circulating in the House of Representatives which has garnered 79 signatures so far.

Friday deadline looms: Contact your rep, AAH says


WASHINGTON – Forty members of the House of Representatives have so far agreed to add their names to a sign-on letter that makes the case for additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, AAHomecare reports.

Comments in hand, industry ready to roll on broader relief


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders feel they have a “fair shot” at getting broader reimbursement relief for HME providers in all non-competitive bidding areas, rather than in the limited areas proposed by CMS.

West Virginia lawmakers go to bat for HME


WASHINGTON – A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency’s May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.

CMS releases adjusted reimbursement rates for rural areas


WASHINGTON – CMS last week published the adjusted reimbursement rates that will go into effect for seven months in rural areas.

Post IFR, stakeholders cast wider net for support


WASHINGTON – A major goal of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference last week was determining whether or not Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will continue to lead the HME industry’s bid relief efforts.