The American Association for Homecare announced yesterday that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has released a Congressional sign-on letter to leadership at CMS, HHS, and OMB asking for additional relief for the HME community in the proposed ESRD/DMEPOS Rule currently under consideration.
We are asking HME providers and other stakeholders to ask their Representatives in the House to join the letter as soon as possible -- the letter is expected to close by Friday, Sept. 28, and offers a critical opportunity to bring relief to providers.
The letter, which can be seen here, expresses support for several policies currently contained in the Proposed Rule, including the suspension of the bidding program to allow time to develop and implement new methodology as well as extending relief for rural and non-contiguous areas through 2020.
The letter also advocates for these additional improvements to the Proposed Rule:
Other original signers on the letter include Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Dave Loebsack (D-IA).
Our champions on Capitol Hill have asked for concerted industry support for grassroots efforts to get signatures on the letter. This may be our last opportunity to help improve this Proposed Rule and help improve reimbursement rates for our industry over the next few years. In addition, our contacts at CMS have told us that input from Capitol Hill will still be considered in shaping the regulation, even though the public comment period has passed.
Please contact your Representatives in the House and ask that they sign onto the letter by Sept. 28. AAHomecare has also provided a pre-written note you can send via AAHomecare’s Action Center here. Or Click here to email your congressional office through the VGM portal.
The HME community’s grassroots efforts to raise Congressional interest and awareness on our issues has been the driving force behind securing the relief found in the recent HME-related IFR and in positive provisions currently found in the Proposed Rule. Let’s build on this success by making one more very strong effort to get your legislators signed on to this letter! Please contact Kam Yuricich at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gordon Barnes at email@example.com if you need contact information for the healthcare staffer in your Representative's office or with any other questions/requests.