Just a few days into Round 2, AAHomecare is receiving reports of delays, equipment shortages, and contractors refusing services in bid areas around the country. Yet, CMS is reporting just a few dozen complaints. Don't let CMS pull the wool over Congress' eyes! It is absolutely vital that Washington hear from HME providers like you and your patients - current or former - about problems with the bidding program. An effective way to pressure Congress to stop bidding is for them to hear horror stories directly from their constituents. To make the biggest impact, AAHomecare is coordinating efforts with VGM, The MED Group, and state associations to hold a virtual fly-in next Thursday, July 18 for providers and patients from all over the US. AAHomecare will send providers information about problems collected in each state, as well as a website address to use when emailing Representatives and Senators and a phone number staffed by operators who will put callers through to congressional offices. Thank you for everything you have done so far in the effort to stop "competitive" bidding. Please join us and take action by phone, fax, or email on July 18. If you have any questions, contact AAHomecare's Jay Witter at email@example.com. When you receive feedback from your e-mails and calls, please forward it to Jay.
VA Delegation Info Click Here or call 202-224-3121.
Rep. Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, is the one man that can HELP US! He is the one that can help us change this train wreck!! Don't let him stand in the way of the DME industry getting a delay on Round 2 DMEPOS Bidding!
At this point the Democratic leadership in the House is not opposing in fact, neither is Speaker of the House Boehner and all we need is for Cantor to call for a vote on the delay bill, H.R. 2375 ASAP! The program is slated to start July 1st!
Keep it simple but HAVE ALL STAFF, ALL PATIENTS, ANY STORE CUSTOMERS, ANY FAMILY call and make a few points:
Have ALL available bodies Call Rep. Cantor's offices in DC (202-225-2815, contact Molly Newcomb) and Richmond (804-747-4073, contact Lloyd Linhardt) and ask them to have Majority Leader Cantor to CALL FOR A SUSPENSION VOTE ON H.R. 2375 ASAP!
The text of the bill isn't available yet online but information given is:
Latest Title: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a market pricing program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) under part B of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 4/24/2013) Cosponsors (25)
Latest Major Action: 4/24/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
There are 25 original co-sponsors to the bill but none from Virginia...YET! Let's change that NOW!
Call your Member of Congress today to ask for their support! This is IT folks! NOW IS THE TIME!
If you aren't sure who your Member is, please call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and tell them your home zip code and they will direct you.
A dozen VADMEC members in the Richmond area were able to visit with Senator Mark Warner's Health Legislative Assistant via video conferencing regarding the struggles of the competitive bidding issue. Sam Clay reports that "every day we move the pendulum our way just a little" and hopes are that, upon introduction of legislation to stop the current bidding program and replace it with a system that is more fair (Market Pricing), Senator Warner may decide to support our efforts for MPP.
Thank you to all that attended this meeting! (Pictured - Noel Booker, Respironics; Bonnie Ferraro, Reliacare; Mike Morrison, Virginia Medical Repair; Jolynn Hammelman, Roberts Home Medical; Walter Heath, Clay Home Medical; Sam Clay, Clay Home Medical; Tom Inman, Virginia Home Medical; Wayne Campbell, Richmond Respiratory; Karen Hicks, Franklin County Respiratory; Eddie Gunnell, Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment; Paul Hicks, Franklin County Respiratory; (taking picture) Wayne Sale, Health First)
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)
Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA)
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st)
Jamie Miller 202-225-4261
Rep. Scott Rigel (D-2nd)
Abby Gunderson; Leg. Dir. 202-225-4215
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd)
Randi Estes-Petty 202-225-8351
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-4th)
Ryan Kaldahl 202-225-6365
Rep.Robert Hurt (D-5th)
Kelly Simpson 202-225-4711
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6th)
Kathryn Rexrode 202-225-5431
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7th)
Kate MacGregor 202-225-2815
Rep. James Moran (D-8th)
Marcia Knutson 202-225-4376
Morgan Griffith (D-9th)
Christin O'Brien 202-225-3861
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th)
Jillian Pevo 202-225-5136
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th)
Dominic Bonaiuto--Leg. Dir. 202-225-1492
VADMEC represents the Durable Medical Equipment Companies of Virginia.
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Promoting compliance with accepted standards of practice and ethics for the industry. Effecting positive change through regulation and legislation Promoting the financial viability of the membership. Assuring that quality DME is an integral part of health care policy in the future. Promoting appropriateness and quality of care. Educating members, consumers, legislators, allied health care professionals, manufacturers and third party payors. Serving as liaison between governing agencies, third party payors and the membership. Being politically pro-active. Serving as the clearinghouse for the distribution of information. Assuring the continuation of a market driven DME industry. Demonstrating leadership and sound management principles.
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