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AAHomecare and American Thoracic Society to Brief Hill Staff on HME Access Surveys

Friday, February 9, 2018  
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Urge Participation from Your Congressional Office 

AAHomecare just announced this week that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) has scheduled a Congressional staff briefing to discuss AAHomecare’s study on the effects of the bidding program HME patients, discharge planners, and suppliers, as well as a study published by the American Thoracic Society highlighting access problems under the bidding program for oxygen patients.

While the industry has shared findings from both surveys with HHS, CMS, and OMB, as well as with our congressional champions and key committee staff, Rep. McMorris Rodgers offered AAHomecare and ATS the opportunity to present these findings to a broader segment of Hill staffers to help build additional support for HR 4229 and to raise awareness of the need for broader reforms for the bidding program going forward.

The briefing will take place next Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 pm in room 137 of the U.S. Capitol, and will feature presentations by the lead authors of both surveys, as well as remarks from AAHomecare president & CEO Tom Ryan and a supplier’s perspective from Mike Calcaterra, Northern Zone vice president with Norco Inc. in Spokane, Wash.

Action needed!  Please help demonstrate the HME community’s support for Rep. McMorris Rodgers and build strong attendance for this event by asking your contacts in House and Senate offices to attend this briefing.  You can forward the invite to your legislator’s office and urge them to attend. Please copy Great Lakes staff Kam Yuricich on any emails and she’ll support the ask on behalf of the association.  If you have any questions or need assistance with contact information for your Representative, please contact Kam.