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Advocacy and Policy

AAHomecare serves as an advocate for our members on a variety of issues facing the home medical equipment community. Working with Congress and regulatory agencies, as well as state Medicaid authorities and other third-party payers, while partnering with community, state and national associations, our efforts are focused on keeping providers strong while ensuring access to high-quality care for patients.

Learn more about our top-priority advocacy efforts by browsing the issues below.

Medicare Reimbursement Policy

Fighting for sustainable Medicare reimbursement has been a long-standing priority for AAHomecare.  See our Medicare Reimbursement Legislation Campaign Central for information on H.R. 6641, active legislation to apply 90/10 blended Medicare reimbursement rate in for CBAs, as well as information on protecting rates rural and non-bid areas.  Details on the history of the competitive bidding program are also noted in the Medicare Reimbursement Policy section.

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Payer Relations Initiatives

Since initiating a Payer Relations program in 2016, AAHomecare has prevented Medicaid rate cuts and passed legislation protecting HME interests in dozens of states.  Our Payer Relations team is also actively working with state HME stakeholders on a range of other issues, including ensuring MCOs maintain strong access to home-based care and exempting a range HME products from sales tax.

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Mobility Issues

AAHomecare has played a major role in keeping CRT wheelchairs and accessories from being subject to bidding-derived reimbursement rates.  We are currently active in efforts to increase Medicare beneficiary access to wheelchairs with titanium frames and to develop effective wheelchair repair policies.

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Reports and Studies

The Association has developed major research studies to help inform HME policy issues, including our latest study on the Impact of COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions and Increased Costs on DME Suppliers (May 2020).  AAHomecare is currently developing a new research project examining [???].

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Regulations and Analysis

See AAHomecare’s detailed analysis on HME legislation, regulations, rate-making, and government reports.

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