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Regional and Association News
Monday, November 20, 2017
Great Lakes Member Leads Efforts to Help Puerto Rico »
Hurricane Maria left a devastating impact on Puerto Rican communities, medical teams, and local suppliers. HME supplier Pr...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Great Lakes Annual Board Elections Concluded »
The Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association conducted its annual elections for the Board of Directors and three cand...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Great Lakes & ECS North Co-Host Webinar Next Week »
ECS North and the Great Lakes association are proud to announce their partnership in a new series of webinars deve...
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Members Travel to Michigan for 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition »
Last month Great Lakes members gathered at the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo Michigan for the 2017 Annual Confer...
Monday, June 26, 2017
Ready for Leadership Role to Help Lead the Great Lakes Association? »
Final Call for Board Candidates! We will be conducting the annual Board election via email shortly to fill three seat...

State and Medicaid
Monday, November 20, 2017
Illinois Media Coverage on Illinicare HME Cuts »
The Great Lakes association is continuing to push back on the rate reductions proposed by one of the state’s Medicaid mana...
Monday, July 10, 2017
Illinois Achieves Budget Legislation After Historic Impasse Ends »
Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget but after a record-setting impasse, currently has a state budget in place. It...
Monday, June 26, 2017
Great Lakes Association Participates in Illinois Medicaid Hearing »
Members of the Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association participated in a public hearing on June 21 to discuss propos...
Friday, February 17, 2017
Recap of Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Meeting with HFS and MCPs »
Members from the Great Lakes association participated in a meeting on Jan. 25 to continue working on resolving payment and...
Friday, May 20, 2016
Update on Illinois State Legislation »
DME accreditation bill – The Great Lakes association government relations consultant Philippe Largent has news on the Ill...

National and Medicare
Friday, December 15, 2017
Ask Your Representative to Support Release of HME-Related IFR »
The Interim Final Rule (IFR) titled “Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule, Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rural Relief Legislation Moving Forward »
Source:   10/11/2017 AAHomecare Wednesday in Washington   Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)...
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Date Stamp Requirement Removed »
AAHomecare Article 9/06/2017 Last week, DME MACs revised the Dear Physician letter on “Face-to-Face and Written Order...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
AAH Submits Comments to CMS and Ways & Means Committee on Regulatory Relief for HME Providers »
The American Association for Homecare has submitted comments to the US House Ways and Means Committee Medicare Red Tape Re...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Put a Face on HME! Tips to Connect with Legislators Back Home »
  Pictured above:   Great Lakes members at Prism Health Care Services with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (...

Industry News
Thursday, December 7, 2017
SmartSaver Registration Rates for Medtrade Spring are in Effect »
LAS VEGAS – SmartSaver registration rates (the most inexpensive you can get) for Medtrade Spring are officially in effec...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Reminds Providers You Can Never Be Too Prepared »
From the VGM Legislative Team We ask that everyone take a moment for thoughts and prayers for those in the path of Hu...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Provider Enrollment: Important Reminder From CMS »
Guest Article by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. Providers are quite familiar with Forms 855, and requirements for filing th...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
VGM’s HME Woman of the Year Nominations Now Being Accepted »
VGM Group, Inc. has released formed their HME Woman of the Year Honorary Selection Committee and nominations are now being...
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
George Kucka Awarded AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award »
  George Kucka, president of Fairmeadows Home Health Center in Schererville, Indiana, and Secretary of the Great...