This morning, Charleston, West Virginia was the site for a Small Business Administration hearing. There were 8 testifiers from the DMEPOS Industry. The testifiers included Regina Gillispie of Best Home Medical, Kevin Milam of The Billing Center, Patti Todd of Allay Home Care, Eugene Weems of Boll Medical and President of WVMESA, Mike Rudge of Loop Pharmacy, JD Rogers of Kinetic Healthcare, Eddie Alley of Alley Healthcare and David Hansford of Mountain State Prosthetics. They spoke about DME access issues in rural areas, competitive bidding, audits and other regulatory obstacles.
(Regina Gillispie of Best Home Medical) (panel at the Hearing) (Eugene Weems of Boll Medical and WVMESA President)
Also in attendance at the hearing was staff from the offices of Sen. Manchin, Sen. Moore-Capito, Rep. Jenkins and Rep. Mooney.
A significant highlight of the event was when is a letter was read by Sen. Manchin’s staff. This letter urged HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, whose home state is also the predominately rural West Virginia, to delay the pending round of reimbursement cuts scheduled to take effect July, 1. The letter also says “If the second round of cuts goes into effect before we have the opportunity to fully understand the impact of the current reimbursement rates, we run the risk of losing many of these important providers and seniors will lose access to the equipment they need from people they have come to trust. This letter was signed by Sen. Moore-Capito, Sen. Manchin, Rep. McKinley, Rep. Mooney, and Rep. Jenkins (all WV congressional members)
This letter demonstrates the hard work and determination of West Virginia providers. They have done a fantastic job of engaging their legislators. This is truly inspiring. Congratulations West Virginia!