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Hospital group taps former CMS administrator as new leader


WASHINGTON – The board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans has elected Marilyn Tavenner, the former administrator of CMS, as its president and CEO.

AAH expects new bid legislation

Association launches campaign to ‘stop the cuts’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is finalizing legislative language to soften the blow of the national roll out of competitive bidding slated for Jan. 1, according to AAHomecare.

Stakeholders spotlight complex rehab with expo


WASHINGTON – NCART will host a “Congressional CRT Exposition” on Capitol Hill on July 20 to educate lawmakers and their staffs on complex rehab.

Lobbying: Plan in advance for meetings

Q. Is it more effective to meet with legislators in-district or in Washington?

A. Recess, especially the long August recess, is a great time to schedule a meeting with your elected officials in their home district office (start in early July as their calendar gets booked up quickly).

Bills get bump from fly-in


WASHINGTON – A legislative fly-in on Sept. 10 spearheaded by The MED Group and supported by AAHomecare resulted in 100 meetings with lawmakers.

Twelve lawmakers sign on to separate benefit bill


WASHINGTON – Twelve more lawmakers have lent their support to H.R. 942 and S. 948, bills that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab.

Lobbying: Emphasize impact on constituents

Q. Why is it important to build a relationship with my elected officials?

A. A wise consultant in our industry once said that if a portion of your business is funded by the federal or state government, it is important to develop a relationship with the people who influence policy—your elected officials.

NCART, NRRTS organize call-in day in conjunction with conference


WASHINGTON – If you’re not one of the 200 people who will be descending on Capitol Hill this week for the National CRT Leadership and Advocacy Conference, you can still particip

Stakeholders apply full-court press on bidding, audits


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, HME providers and state association leaders held congressional meetings in four states last week to discuss their concerns with competitive bidding and audits. In Bismarck, N.D., Great Plains Rehabilitation hosted events with Sens.