HME News

OCT 2017

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News 6 www. HM enew S .co M / octo B er 2017 / HM e new S Where community meets opportunity Join the VGM community today! 1-800-642-6065 | Join a community of HME experts unified to strengthen each other's business. • Home Medical Equipment • Complex Rehab • Retail Diversification • Wound Care • Women's Health • Home Modifications • Respiratory • Home Infusion and Retail Pharmacy Home accessibility expert Jim Greatorex connects with a member of the VGM Community during a social event at Heartland Conference. August of action The V g M g roup documented the dozens of meetings that providers and other industry stakeholders con- ducted with lawmakers in a ugust, while they were in their home districts for the congressional recess. V g M assisted in scheduling meetings, and provided coach- ing and support for meetings. l awmakers who were visited included r eps. Marsha Blackburn, r -Tenn.; Tim Walberg, r -Mich.; and p aul Tonko, D-N.Y. "I lost tens of thousands of dollars back when Sandy hit," he said. "I don 't know how a provider who is financially restrained today can go out for four to six weeks and deliver oxygen." CMS's guidance also extends the notification deadline for subcontract- ing agreements to 30 days; and waives the requirements for a new physi- cian order, face-to-face visit, and new medical necessity documentation for replacement equipment. Stakeholders are also looking ahead to a longer-term fix that ensures beneficiary access to care when disaster strikes. "We have to find out where they are legally prevented from making changes and determine how we can give them more flexibility," said Ryan. "We want to follow up and see if we can get some legislative lan- guage that might unencumber them a little." h me D ISASTE r r E l IE f NEEDED c o N T i N u e D f r o M pa g e 4 r OUND 2019 A M y STE ry c o N T i N u e D f r o M pa g e 4 is committed to making improvements to the program and anything that comes out will be better than what we have today." Stakeholders point out that Price has the authority to extend the existing contracts for Round 1 for another year and the existing contracts for Round 2 for another six months, buying CMS more time to tinker with com- petitive bidding. "If I were a betting person, that's what I'd bet is going to happen," said Kim Brummett, vice president of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare. "That's the logical thing to do." Stakeholders say that extra time will be necessary to make substantive changes to the competitive bidding program, a process that will require multiple levels of approval, including from the Office of Management and Budget. hme Kim Brummett medtrade booth 1627

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