AAHomecare: Registration is Now Open for the Washington Legislative Conference 2017

Each year the HME community comes together in Washington, D.C. to advocate and strengthen relationships in Congress. It is a critical gathering, made stronger by greater numbers of participants demonstrating how important our relatively small share of the Medicare budget is to the entire healthcare continuum. While we made progress in 2016 convincing more members Read more about AAHomecare: Registration is Now Open for the Washington Legislative Conference 2017[…]

DME Industry Stakeholders line up for July 1 fight

Industry stakeholders and their champions in Congress are mapping out a strategy to stave off a second round of reimbursement cuts scheduled for July 1 in non-bid areas. Members of the Senate Finance Committee are in the process of drafting a letter to CMS, asking the agency to use its regulatory authority to delay the Read more about DME Industry Stakeholders line up for July 1 fight[…]

OMHA Announces ALJ Appeal Status Website

This week, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) announced the launch of a new website which will allow providers to check the status of their ALJ appeals. The website, entitled the ALJ Appeal Status Information System (AASIS), intends to provide public access to appeal status information. The website is accessed through the OMHA Read more about OMHA Announces ALJ Appeal Status Website[…]

Stop Fraudulent Bidders from abusing Medicare…

On January 12, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate that would require bidders to stand by their bids and stop speculators from gaming Medicare contract auctions for home medical equipment. H.R. 284 and S.148 would ban non-binding bids, the biggest problem with the Medicare competitive bidding program. With the next cycle Read more about Stop Fraudulent Bidders from abusing Medicare…[…]

GAO Report to Congressional Requesters: Medicare Program Integrity

On August 13, 2014, the GAO released a report on the effectiveness of post-payment audits. The American Association for Homecare has met twice with the GAO specifically about audit activity. The last meeting occurred on September 17, 2013 and included AAHomecare supplier members from across the country. Our focus in the meeting was on the Read more about GAO Report to Congressional Requesters: Medicare Program Integrity[…]

HME Providers in Virginia Face New Challenges as Medicaid Pricing Goes to Competitive Bidding

Since last year, Medicaid DME reimbursement rates in Virginia have been posted at Medicare minus ten percent. However, things have gotten worse for Virginia DME providers. On July 1, 2014 DME reimbursement rates for Medicaid dropped to the competitive bidding rate on bid items. In some cases, that could be a 40 percent drop in Read more about HME Providers in Virginia Face New Challenges as Medicaid Pricing Goes to Competitive Bidding[…]

Providers Can Move Mountains by Working Local Relationships

If you haven’t heard already, years of effort on the part of the HME industry has culminated in a groundswell of pressure for audit reform. From the long hours put in by AAHomecare volunteer leadership and the Senate Finance Committee Roundtable to the ALJ backlog and the Center for Medicare Advocacy lawsuit, there has been Read more about Providers Can Move Mountains by Working Local Relationships[…]

Legislation Introduced to Fix Medicare Audits, Bring Back Clinical Inference

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) is proud to announce the introduction of a new piece of legislation to fix the broken Medicare audit system. The Audit Improvement and Reform Act (AIR Act), sponsored by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and John Barrow (D-GA), will increase transparency, education and outreach, and reward suppliers that have low Read more about Legislation Introduced to Fix Medicare Audits, Bring Back Clinical Inference[…]