AAHomecare Merges with DME Association

The American Association for Homecare and the Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) announced yesterday that they have reached an agreement to merge their organizations. The merger will maintain the AAHomecare name and continue to do business at 1701 L Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C. As part of the merger, AMEPA President Rob […]

CMS Delays DME Face-to-Face Rule

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it will be delaying the face-to-face rule regarding its durable medical equipment (DME) reimbursement program effective July 1, reports HomeCare Mag.  The three-month extension moves the deadline to October 1, and according to the American Association for Homecare, the delay will allow DME providers […]

AAHomecare, DME Provider Sue HHS Over Competitive Bidding Expansion

The American Association for Homecare and a Maryland home medical equipment provider have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services over the July 1 expansion of the agency’s competitive bidding program for Medicare-participating durable medical equipment (DME). The agency and DME provider Home Mediservice, Inc. said Wednesday they have filed suit in the […]

Bill to Reverse DME Competitive Bidding Program Gains Support in Washington

A piece of legislation that would replace the current competitive bidding system for Medicare-based durable medical equipment claims is gaining support among Congress members, now touting nearly 100 co-sponsors.  The bill, H.R. 1717, would replace competitive bidding with a market pricing program. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.). Price, how has 96 co-sponsors, […]

Anti-Competitive DME Bidding Bill Gaining Momentum, Sponsors Increase

The bill that would put an end to Round 2 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding program has been gaining momentum in the House. Only two weeks after its introduction by Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), H.R. 1717 has garnered the support of 19 House […]

AAHomecare to Join With NAIMES in Home Care Advocacy Merger

Two major home care advocacy organizations AAHomecare and the National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES) have agreed to join forces and become a single organization under the AAHomecare name.  The home care group and medical equipment supplier organization will be aptly timed given the rising focus on issues impacting providers among both business […]

House Bill Looks to Axe Round 2 of CMS Bid Program

Last night, the efforts of two Congressmen introduced a bill that will prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing Round 2 of its competitive bidding program. H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, will stop the bidding program, forcing CMS to adopt a market-based approach to determine prices […]

Home Care Providers Question Survival Following DME Medicare Cuts

New durable medical equipment Medicare pricing announced last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services left the home health industry “shocked” and “stunned,” according to reports and statements from those who provide home care services. The Round 2 pricing under the current bidding system for DME equipment is unsustainable, industry advocates said, calling […]