American Association for Homecare

American Association for Homecare The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) works to strengthen access to care for the millions of Americans who require medical care in their homes.
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AAHomecare represents healthcare providers, equipment manufacturers, and other organizations

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HME’S BOTTOM LINE SUCCESSAAHomecare advocacy efforts have resulted in policy and regulatory wins that have driven more t...
04/30/2021
HME’s Bottom Line Success -- HME Business

HME’S BOTTOM LINE SUCCESS
AAHomecare advocacy efforts have resulted in policy and regulatory wins that have driven more than $2 billion back to HME providers’ budgets. How does the association plan to build on those wins? | HME Business

Thank you David Kopf for a great feature on the work AAHomecare and other leaders in the industry are doing to protect HME.

“We’re 100 percent focused on advocating for sustainable reimbursement rates, sensible regulations, and better coverage policies for HME across the full spectrum of payers,” he says. “Your personal involvement and dues dollars can help us achieve that mission even more effectively.” - Tom Ryan, president and CEO

https://hme-business.com/articles/2021/04/29/aahomecare.aspx

AAHomecare advocacy efforts have resulted in policy and regulatory wins that have driven more than $2 billion back to HME providers’ budgets. How does the association plan to build on those wins?

When selling products for cash, there are a number of requirements that the DME supplier must meet. Learn about state li...
04/28/2021

When selling products for cash, there are a number of requirements that the DME supplier must meet. Learn about state licensure, obtaining a physician prescription, collection and payment of sales and/or use tax, and more in our webinar on May 18. https://www.aahomecare.org/events/66/legal-guidelines-for

When selling products for cash, there are a number of requirements that the DME supplier must meet. Learn about state licensure, obtaining a physician prescription, collection and payment of sales and/or use tax, and more in our webinar on May 18. https://www.aahomecare.org/events/66/legal-guidelines-for

What happens next with the Competitive Bidding program? Hear from Kim Brummett, host of the 6th episode of One Voice, wi...
04/27/2021

What happens next with the Competitive Bidding program? Hear from Kim Brummett, host of the 6th episode of One Voice, with guests Cara Bachenheimer and Missy Cross as they discuss changes for the next round, what should be preserved (if anything), and what exactly happened with Round 2021.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yn9qm-101cd3c

What happens next with the Competitive Bidding program? Hear from Kim Brummett, host of the 6th episode of One Voice, with guests Cara Bachenheimer and Missy Cross as they discuss changes for the next round, what should be preserved (if anything), and what exactly happened with Round 2021.
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yn9qm-101cd3c

We have launched an advertising partnership with The Association Partner to help our Manufacturer members build an onlin...
04/26/2021
HOME - The Association Partner

We have launched an advertising partnership with The Association Partner to help our Manufacturer members build an online campaign reaching the HME community. Reach out today to learn more about this opportunity. www.theassociationpartner.com

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04/14/2021

Medicare Sequester Cuts Paused Through End of 2021

“Keeping the 2% sequester cuts on hold for the remainder of the year will help offset the new costs and operational challenges associated with serving patients brought on by the pandemic,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president and CEO. “This bill is the latest example of the terrific bipartisan Congressional support for healthcare providers over the past year, and these measures have been especially welcome by the HME community.”

https://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/hr-1868-final-passage?e=119606f057

AAH Insider: Major Win on O2 Rates Will Bolster Rates for Years to Come
03/24/2021
AAH Insider -- Major Win on O2 Rates Will Bolster Rates for Years to Come

AAH Insider: Major Win on O2 Rates Will Bolster Rates for Years to Come

Budget Neutrality Win Latest Example of "Bottom Line" Advocacy Success" -- Sequester Cut Moratorium and PAYGO Waiver Legislative Packages Continue to Evolve -- Medicare Supplier Data Shows Small Decrease in January 2021 -- March MedPAC Report on Telehealth -- Reminder: AAH Member NPI Collection Requ...

Once Voice episode 5 is live with host Tom Ryan discussing volunteer leadership, advocacy at the state and federal level...
03/03/2021
One Voice - Episode 5

Once Voice episode 5 is live with host Tom Ryan discussing volunteer leadership, advocacy at the state and federal level, and Value of HME initiatives with Bill Guidetti and Gary Sheehan as his guests. Watch this short, informative videocast today! https://aahomecare.podbean.com/e/one-voice-episode-5/

The mission of AAHomecare has expanded into advocacy in the States in both the MCO world and State Medicaid programs along with its work on the Federal Level. One of the organizations core values is to achieve a stable and predictable regulatory environmen...

Support Newly Introduced Medicaid Rate Stability Legislation in New York Senate & Assembly - All New York providers are ...
03/01/2021
Protect Access to DME for New York Medicaid Beneficiaries - Support A.5368 and S.5118

Support Newly Introduced Medicaid Rate Stability Legislation in New York Senate & Assembly - All New York providers are encouraged to take action and share with your colleagues: https://action.aahomecare.org/ctas/protect-access-to-dme-new-york-medicaid-beneficiaries-support-a

Learn more here: https://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/ny-rate-stability-feb-2021?e=119606f057

In recent years, Medicaid managed care organizations have reduced reimbursement on DME products to unsustainable levels.   Many MCOs reimburse DME providers less than half of the Medicaid fee-for-service fee schedule for identical devices and supplies paid in the fee-for-service system.

AAHomecare is excited to offer the first webinar presented directly from a major payer about their integrity solutions. ...
02/24/2021

AAHomecare is excited to offer the first webinar presented directly from a major payer about their integrity solutions. Join us for this great opportunity to learn how to work more closely with payers to optimize your reimbursement processes while increasing cost efficiency. This is a complimentary webinar for the HME community.

Register today: https://lnkd.in/egyg_Sq

AAHomecare is excited to offer the first webinar presented directly from a major payer about their integrity solutions. Join us for this great opportunity to learn how to work more closely with payers to optimize your reimbursement processes while increasing cost efficiency. This is a complimentary webinar for the HME community.

Register today: https://lnkd.in/egyg_Sq

Preparation key for those depending on oxygen tanks during power outages“We have about 15 hundred patients in Amarillo. ...
02/18/2021
Preparation key for those depending on oxygen tanks during power outages

Preparation key for those depending on oxygen tanks during power outages

“We have about 15 hundred patients in Amarillo. I think we have taken care of 250 who’s power was out around the area and luckily, we were able to reach them all at a reasonable time and today we did the same thing,” said Josh Britten, owner of BritKare Home Medical.

https://www.newschannel10.com/2021/02/18/preparation-key-those-depending-oxygen-tanks-during-power-outages/?fbclid=IwAR1-o9VZdKXN61It_gJUectq3EzyN_RHyCtq09dD9v8kC9mqE2qllUm7SGM

Power outages in the area have caused concern among those who rely on electric oxygen machines to breathe.

02/04/2021
HME Products Acquisition Cost Survey

The deadline is tomorrow for the survey gathering information on suppliers’ increased acquisition costs for discussions with the Administration and Congress.

If you have yet to take this quick HME Products Acquisition Cost Survey, please do so now - https://aahomecare.wufoo.com/forms/hme-products-acquisition-cost-survey-z1nhblwp0xpzgp0/

Please join us in gathering intel on suppliers’ increased acquisition costs for discussions with the Administration and Congress. AAHomecare remains committed to establishing sustainable reimbursement rates for DME. Since CMS suspended Competitive Bidding for most DME products, suppliers remain la...

AAH Insider: AAHomecare Part of Effort to Further Extend Medicare Rate ReliefYour Support Needed to Extend Relief...
02/03/2021
AAH Insider -- AAHomecare Part of Effort to Further Extend Medicare Rate Relief

AAH Insider: AAHomecare Part of Effort to Further Extend Medicare Rate Relief

Your Support Needed to Extend Relief...

HHS Signals Intent to Continue to Extend PHE Through 2021 -- TRICARE West Provides Additional Clarity on Claims Reprocessing -- CERT Data Shows 31.8% DMEPOS Improper Payment Rate -- OIG Recommends Using CERT Error Rate to Identify "Error-Prone" Providers -- Preferred Medical Joins AAHomecare as a Br...

AT CAPACITY: PANDEMIC EXACERBATES PROBLEMS CREATED BY BID PROGRAM | HME News“It’s difficult for hospital systems to get ...
02/02/2021
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AT CAPACITY: PANDEMIC EXACERBATES PROBLEMS CREATED BY BID PROGRAM | HME News

“It’s difficult for hospital systems to get the oxygen to the bedsides, given the significant liter flows required,” he said. “It’s difficult for the industry to get enough concentrators and make them available to deal with the discharges from the hospital.”

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CMS Implements New Supplier Location Inspection ProcedureEarly in the PHE, CMS waived the requirement to be open at a ph...
01/27/2021
CMS Implements New Supplier Location Inspection Procedure

CMS Implements New Supplier Location Inspection Procedure

Early in the PHE, CMS waived the requirement to be open at a physical location a minimum of 30 hours per week (supplier standard #7). However, in July 2020, CMS lifted this waiver and announced that they will be moving forward with physical inspections and assured that inspectors will follow state and local guidelines.
https://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/supplier-location-jan?e=119606f057

CMS has implemented a new procedure to ensure DMEPOS supplier locations are open and available for an in-person inspection during this Public Health Emergency (PHE). Overland Solutions, a CMS subcontractor for the National Supplier Clearinghouse is currently completing these screenings by calling su...

01/26/2021
HME Products Acquisition Cost Survey

Please help us gather information on suppliers’ increased acquisition costs for discussions with the Administration and Congress. Take this quick HME Products Acquisition Cost Survey - https://aahomecare.wufoo.com/forms/hme-products-acquisition-cost-survey-z1nhblwp0xpzgp0/

Please join us in gathering intel on suppliers’ increased acquisition costs for discussions with the Administration and Congress. AAHomecare remains committed to establishing sustainable reimbursement rates for DME. Since CMS suspended Competitive Bidding for most DME products, suppliers remain la...

Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran indicates public health emergency status likely to remain in effect through 2021 in ...
01/25/2021
Biden Administration Promises Predictability on Future Extensions of the Public Health Emergency

Acting HHS Secretary Norris Cochran indicates public health emergency status likely to remain in effect through 2021 in letter to Governors. This will keep significant measures of COVID-19 relief for our industry in effect.
https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2021/01/24/biden-administration-promises-predictability-on-future-extensions-of-the-public-health-emergency/

In a recent letter to Governors, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Norris Cochran signaled that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) “will likely remain in place for the entirety of …

COVID-19 PHE Extension Continues Relief Measures for HME Suppliershttps://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/insider-jan-20-2021?e=11...
01/21/2021
AAH Insider -- COVID-19 PHE Extension Continues Relief Measures for HME Suppliers

COVID-19 PHE Extension Continues Relief Measures for HME Suppliers
https://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/insider-jan-20-2021?e=119606f057

CMS Releases Round 2021 Bid Data -- CMS Publishes Final Rule on Innovative Technology -- AAHomecare Seeks Supplier Cost Data -- Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal Now Open for Registration -- TRICARE West Begins Automatic Claims Reprocessing -- Member Spotlight: AG Industries

AAH Insider: Oxygen Budget Neutrality Win a Culmination of Sustained Four-Year Advocacy Effort"We have a proven template...
01/06/2021
AAH Insider -- Oxygen Budget Neutrality Win a Culmination of Sustained Four-Year Advocacy Effort

AAH Insider: Oxygen Budget Neutrality Win a Culmination of Sustained Four-Year Advocacy Effort

"We have a proven template for what works on Capitol Hill: persistent engagement by a broad cohort of HME advocates. The plan to deliver better public policy at the federal level for our industry is clear going forward: continue to engage Capitol Hill and leaders at CMS and HHS with a high degree of integrity and persistence – and enlist more HME advocates into the fight, including clinicians and leaders from patient advocacy organizations." - Tom Ryan

CareCentrix Adds Ambulatory Aids to Suspension of Services Program -- Additional Comments to DMEPOS Rule Submitted -- Urological Supplies Report Included in OIG Work Plan -- Spoke Logistics Joins AAH -- Podcast: Trends and Opportunities in HME -- Webinar: How to Properly Utilize Telehealth to Provid...

12/29/2020
12/29/2020
On Sunday, the President signed the COVID-19 relief package that includes the O2 budget neutrality fix & extends pause o...
12/28/2020
Trump signs massive omnibus spending, coronavirus relief package - Roll Call

On Sunday, the President signed the COVID-19 relief package that includes the O2 budget neutrality fix & extends pause of 2% Medicare sequestration cuts.

Trump signed a massive government funding and pandemic aid package, despite earlier calling it a “disgrace” and demanding that lawmakers amend it.

12/23/2020
House and Senate Pass COVID-19 Relief Package Containing HME Policy PrioritiesCongress overwhelmingly voted Monday to pa...
12/22/2020
House and Senate Pass COVID-19 Relief Package Containing HME Policy Priorities

House and Senate Pass COVID-19 Relief Package Containing HME Policy Priorities

Congress overwhelmingly voted Monday to pass a $900 billion Covid-19 relief package that includes a long-sought permanent fix for oxygen budget neutrality requirements and extends the pause on the 2% Medicare sequestration cut for an additional three months.

$900 billion package includes long-sought permanent fix for oxygen budget neutrality requirements and extends the pause on the 2% Medicare sequestration cut for an additional three months. President Trump expected to sign measure shortly.

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Long-Sought O2 Budget Neutrality Fix and Extends Pause on Sequestration Cuts“We’re gratifi...
12/21/2020
COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Long-Sought O2 Budget Neutrality Fix and Extends Pause on Sequestration Cuts

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Long-Sought O2 Budget Neutrality Fix and Extends Pause on Sequestration Cuts

“We’re gratified to see that Congress has finally fixed the oxygen budget neutrality issue unfairly impacting rural suppliers,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president & CEO. “HME stakeholders have been asking Congress and CMS to address this problem since 2016, and those sustained grassroots advocacy efforts have paid off with a long-term win for our industry.”

O2 budget neutrality fix provides welcome long-term stability for suppliers serving less-populated communities -- legislation also provides a three-month extension for the moratorium on 2% Medicare sequester cuts beyond their current Dec. 31 expiration date.

Medtrade West Moved to July 2021https://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/medtrade-west-moved“We fully support the decision to move ...
12/18/2020
Medtrade West Moved to July 2021

Medtrade West Moved to July 2021
https://mailchi.mp/aahomecare/medtrade-west-moved
“We fully support the decision to move the show back and allow HME suppliers and exhibitors to attend this show in what should be a safer period for in-person meetings and travel,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president & CEO. “This is the right call and Medtrade is making it at the right time, giving attendees plenty of opportunity to make their plans.”

We can’t wait to make new connections and see old friends again in person at Medtrade West.

Take Action ASAP: More Support Sought for Extending Pause for Sequester Cut
12/18/2020
More Support Sought for Extending Pause for Sequester Cuts

Take Action ASAP: More Support Sought for Extending Pause for Sequester Cut

Action needed today! Please ask Senators & House memners to weigh in with Congressional Leadership in support of extending the Medicare sequester moratorium until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency as part of any end-of-year legislative packages.

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As the foremost national association leading the charge on policy and advocacy for our industry, AAHomecare is fighting for your interests on Capitol Hill and at CMS.

We are adding to our portfolio of expertise, services, and strategies for assisting members and moving the home medical equipment industry forward. New initiatives within our Councils are focusing on solutions to problems members have expressed, honing in on technology, Medicaid, and even quality standards initiatives.

Do something for your business and your industry; become a member of AAHomecare today. This year alone, 262 Congressional visits were made during the Washington Legislative Conference, 54,000 e-mails were sent to Members of Congress through the Action Center, and 154 House members endorsed rural reimbursement relief thanks to grassroots advocacy.

When we speak with one voice, good things happen!

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