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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 advocates of the DME industry who are attending.

Many of these attendees will attend back-to-back congressional meetings across Capitol Hill, asking for support for reform to DME policies. Their feet will be sore at the end of the day.

If you are unable to attend the conference, please do your part at home. Reach out to your member of Congress either today or early next week. We are targeting 200 signatures on the congressional sign-on letter authored by Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers that will go to HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

Please do these two things:

  1. Send a message to your members of Congress. We have made this a simple process that only takes a minute. Visit the VGM Action Center to send a message to your representative urging them to support the letter
  2. Follow up with a phone call to your member of Congress. Pick up the phone and call your congressman’s office. Tell them why it is important to the patients you serve and your business that reforming DME policies become a priority.

Also this 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 fight. The new portion of legislation outlines a more detailed process for home respiratory equipment, which would establish a requirement of medical necessity to be prescribed by a practitioner. The Department of Health and Human Services would establish a standard for the medical necessity evaluation requests for “physician and hospital referral agents and non-physician practitioners.”

Grassroots efforts for the past few years have led to these developments. Recent awareness to our issues has stirred up congressional champions such as Reps. Blackburn, McMorris Rodgers, Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Diana Degette (D-Colo.). Please continue to the fight for DME!