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2014-04-18 12:22:45

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite mounting criticism of the Medicare bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME), the President's fiscal year 2015 budget includes a proposal to use the program's unrealistically low reimbursement rates for Medicaid. It's bad enough that the bidding program's reimbursement rates, which the government sets virtually arbitrarily, will be applied to areas not yet covered by the controversial program by 2016 unless...

2014-04-18 12:22:42

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An array of clinicians and advocates for Medicare patients, as well as home medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and trade groups, sharply oppose a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the prices of goods and services under their bid procurement program to non-bid areas throughout the country, says the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare). AAHomecare reviewed the public...

2014-03-21 12:24:27

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare and the VGM Group today applauded Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) for urging the Centers for Medicare and (CMS) Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to refrain from further action to expand Medicare's bidding program. CMS published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (CMS-1460-ANPRM) entitled Medicare Program; Methodology for Adjusting Payment...

2014-03-13 16:27:35

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Kim Brummett, the American Association for Homecare's vice president of regulatory affairs, provided the Senate Finance Committee with guidance on audit reform at an exclusive roundtable meeting on Capitol Hill. The Committee invited Brummett to participate in the roundtable because of her extensive knowledge of the audit process and her expertise in working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Brummett was joined...

2014-01-09 12:26:41

IRVINGTON, N.J., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An Irvington, N.J., man has been confined to a bed in a tiny, efficiency apartment for more than a month while waiting for Medicare to provide a suitable wheelchair. A local medical equipment provider, who would like to help Leonce Pierre-Lewis, calls the situation "deplorable," said the American Association for Homecare. Herb Paserman, of Jerry's Drug and Surgical in Bayonne, N.J., said that the wheelchair procurement process...

2013-12-13 16:24:21

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Senate Finance Committee has marked up a sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform bill that included an amendment designed to fix significant problems with Medicare's bidding procurement program for home medical equipment (HME), says the American Association for Homecare. The amendment to the bill, also known as the "doc fix," was offered and supported by a bi-partisan group of four Senators including Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey...

2013-12-03 12:26:41

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare is taking back more than $200,000 it paid for complex rehabilitation wheelchairs that were delivered to 22 severely disabled Nashville area patients, leaving a local company in the red and questioning Medicare's payment review process, says the American Association for Homecare. Ben Shapiro, chief operating officer of Ed Medical Inc., is stunned that auditors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

2013-07-30 16:24:11

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) and the Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) have reached an agreement to merge their organizations. The combined Association will maintain the AAHomecare name and continue to do business at 1707 L Street NW, Suite 350, Washington, D.C., 20036. As part of the merger agreement, Rob Brant, president of AMEPA, will become director of industry relations at the...

2013-07-26 16:23:31

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For years, William Welch, 58, was a truck driver, a free spirit traveling along the roads. But now Welch spends his days in a Brunswick, Md. apartment, barely able to move from a chair to the refrigerator because his Medicare-supplied power wheelchair is broken and he can't find anyone to fix it, says the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare). "I'm stuck in the house and I can't go anywhere," said Welch, who suffers from...

2013-07-11 16:24:30

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) warned today that the controversial Medicare bidding program for diabetic testing supplies is endangering beneficiaries by requiring the use of generic testing strips and monitors that are under scrutiny by physicians and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for inaccurate readings. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has touted that the controversial bidding...