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Congressional letter to HHS Secretary Price Gaining Support

The reported number of signers to the congressional letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Verma from Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and others is nearing 50 and will likely climb this week. Click here to view the current list of cosigners. It is very important to get your member of Congress on this

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A Recap of 2017 Legislative Efforts and Continuing the Fight

There have been several key developments in the past several weeks, which our grassroots coalition must continue to push forward to gain their legislators support. Congressional Letter to HHS Secretary Price The letter being led by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Diana Degette (D-Colo.) is calling for reforms

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CMS, SBA Reps to Attend Heartland Conference

VGM’s annual Heartland Conference will be the site of a panel discussion with officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). During the session, held June 13, CMS and SBA will discuss the future of the competitive bidding program, as well as promote government resources available for

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Mark Your Calendars for Friday, June 2. VGM Lunch Bucket with John Gallagher, Mark Higley, Tom Powers, and Ronda Buhrmester

During this Webcast, John, Mark, Tom, and Ronda will discuss topics related to the current state of the DME industry, including the competitive bidding program, Medicare’s audit process, and reimbursement issues. Similar to previous “Lunch Buckets,” viewers will have the opportunity submit questions about the current issues. Click here to register. For more information, please

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Seeking support for the Prior-authorization Bill at AAHomecare conference

Last week, H.R. 2445 – Prior Authorization bill was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). At the core, this legislation seeks to reduce the amount of burdensome audits against which providers continue to fight. Vice President of VGM Government Relations John Gallagher said, “The prior authorization bill introduced by Congresswoman Blackburn is a strong step

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Actions Needed This Week! Ask Your Representative to Sign the Letter to HHS/CMS

Thank you to the many advocates of the DMEiIndustry who are attending AAHomecare’s Legislative Conference next week. If you are not attending, we need your help back home. We need you, your co-workers, family members, and friends to reach out to your congressional representative asking them to sign on to the letter to HHS Secretary

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U.S. House Small Business Committee Members Preparing Letter to HHS

U.S. House Small Business Committee Members Preparing Letter to HHS In an effort spearheaded by MAMES (Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services) and its president, Patrick Naeger, independent HME suppliers have gained the attention of the House Small Business Committee. Much like the concerns prompting a letter being circulated by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)

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Not Attending the AAHomecare Conference? Your Actions are Needed!

Next week many advocates of the DME industry will trek to Washington, D.C., to attend the AAHomecare Legislative Conference. Many of these attendees struggle to find the time and the funding to travel, but they all understand that making changes to DME policies requires educating and informing leaders in Washington. Thank you to the many

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Legislative Alert: Prior Authorization Bill Reintroduced in the U.S. House

Legislative Alert: Prior Authorization Bill Reintroduced in the U.S. House Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has reintroduced a bill that would require a prior authorization for high dollar durable medical equipment. The bill title for H.R. 2445 will be the DMEPOS Access and Transparency Act of 2017, also referred to as the DATA

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