SACREMENTO, Calif. (June 5, 2020)—California HME stakeholders achieved a measure of success last year in pushing back against a Medi-Cal proposal for Medicaid reimbursement rates based on 80% of non-rural Medicare rates, convincing the agency to use higher rural rates, instead. The new rates went into effect in April 2020 and will be applied retroactively to January 2019; Medi-Cal is anticipated to begin recoupments soon.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2020)—AAHomecare is currently working on comments for the Interim Final Rule (IFR), Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 public health emergency that was published on April 6, 2020. This IFR provided relief on coverage for respiratory products and allows non-physician healthcare professionals to prescribe DME under Medicaid.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2020)—The COVID-19 stimulus legislation enacted in late March provides significant reimbursement relief for suppliers servicing Medicare beneficiaries in non-rural areas that are not subject to the bidding program. The reimbursement rate for items that have been receiving 100% of the competitive bidding adjusted fee schedule are getting a blended rate of 75% adjusted and 25% unadjusted (2015 fee schedule) rates. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2020)—The COVID-19 pandemic is causing widespread financial distress for individuals, families, companies, and governments across the nation—including state government budgets. Not surprisingly, some states may be considering reducing Medicaid reimbursement rates for HME and other health care segments as one potential avenue to help relieve these unexpected budgetary pressures.

WASHINGTON, D.C, (April 30, 2020)—AAHomecare is currently accepting nominations for four open positions on the board of directors. In order to be nominated, you must be an AAHomecare member in good standing. 

Members of the board of directors are leaders in the industry and expected to be available to other members to answer questions about AAHomecare activities and to recruit new members. A full list of Board responsibilities is available to those who are interested.