Via AAHomecare, WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 11, 2018)—AAHomecare met with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and other HHS/CMS officials to discuss the status of HME-related regulations and policy. AAHomecare’s Tom Ryan and Jay Witter were joined in the meeting by Cara Bachenheimer of Invacare and Christian Springer of Foley Hoag. Principal subjects addressed included:
- Status of the HME-related Interim Final Rule (IFR)
- Long-term reforms for the bidding program
- Status of provisions from 2016’s Cures legislation directing CMS to use stakeholder input, travel and cost considerations, and other local data in making cost adjustments in non-bid areas starting in January 2019
- Our concerns about language in the 2019 White House Budget proposing a bidding program for current rural/non-bid areas.
AAHomecare will be underscoring Congress’s call for quick action on the IFR that was part of recent Omnibus budget legislation and also seeking updates on the status of the next competitive bidding round.
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