Tuesday, May 27, 2014

AAHomecare Meets with CMS

On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the CMS headquarters in Baltimore, AAHomecare staff members met with CMS officials to discuss beneficiary problems with access to power mobility repair.

Kim Brummett, vice president of regulatory affairs and Peter Rankin, manager, government affairs, met with a number of CMS staff including Joel Kaiser, director of the DMEPOS Policy Division of the Chronic Care Policy Group and Tangita Daramola, competitive acquisition ombudsman at CMS.

With Chronic Care Policy Group Director Laurence Wilson speaking at the Washington Legislative Conference just two weeks ago, staff were ready to engage in a healthy debate.

On a positive note, documentation issues will be addressed directly with the Office of Financial Management and Latesha Walker. Moving forward, Kaiser’s group asked the team to assemble information on cost versus SPA rates for repair items to use for additional discussion.

AAHomecare believes that the best policies and programs are developed through collaborative efforts from DME stakeholders and regulatory/legislative authorities. This is what makes the system work. AAHomecare will continue to call out problems, craft solutions and work to build consensus wherever we can, whether it is at CMS or in Congress.

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