AAHomecare and the American Thoracic Society will brief staff on issues affecting patients.

Via AAHomecare, WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 7, 2018)—Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) has scheduled a congressional staff briefing to discuss AAHomecare’s study on the effects of the bidding program on HME patients, discharge planners and suppliers, as well as a study published by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) highlighting access problems for oxygen patients.

While AAHomecare has shared findings from both surveys with HHS, CMS and OMB, as well as with congressional champions and key committee staff, McMorris Rodgers offered AAHomecare and ATS the opportunity to present these findings to a broader segment of Hill staffers to help build additional support for H.R. 4229 and to raise awareness of the need for broader reforms for the bidding program going forward.

The briefing will take place Wednesday, February 14 at 3:30 pm in room 137 of the U.S. Capitol, and will feature presentations by the lead authors of both surveys, as well as remarks from AAHomecare president amd CEO Tom Ryan and a supplier’s perspective from Mike Calcaterra, Northern Zone vice president with Norco Inc. in Spokane, Wash.

AAHomecare asks members of the HME community to contact their House and Senate offices to attend this briefing; the organization has provided this invitation to help.

Visit aahomecare.org for more information.