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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.

Words are great, but now let’s see some action

Friday, May 18, 2018

Ever since the interim final rule was published in the Federal Register last week, there has been a cloud of disappointment hanging over the HME industry.


CMS rule falls far short of bid relief

‘We have to go back to Congress and tell them, you have to fix it’

WASHINGTON – The long-anticipated interim final rule landed with a thud last week, when it became apparent that it offered little in the way of bid relief, say industry stakeholders.

CMS provides limited bid relief


WASHINGTON – CMS will publish an interim final rule in the Federal Register on May 11 that resumes reimbursement rates for DME included in the competitive bidding program to the 50/50 blended rates from June 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018, in rural areas.

Status changes for bid-related IFR


WASHINGTON – The status of an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program was changed to “concluded” on May 8.

Bid relief: Sen. Hatch calls for action


WASHINGTON – Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, has written a letter to HHS and CMS urging them to provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, the VGM Group reports.

MAMES honors Heitkamp, Thune


DULUTH, Minn. – The North Dakota and South Dakota members of the Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services & Supplies have presented Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen.