Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HME Audit Key: How to Share Your Data and Support the Campaign to Fix Medicare Audits

The new data submission period, for the 1st Quarter of 2016, is now open. Suppliers can go to HMEAuditKey.org to register; participation is free – you just need one of your organization's NPIs and respective 5-digit zip code to register and get started.

The HME Audit Key survey provides reliable and representative data that clearly demonstrates the burdensome nature of audits, in terms of volumes, overturn rates, and company resources required to respond to them, which is critically needed to make our case for meaningful audit reform. Please support this effort by participating in and completing the HME Audit Key survey.

In addition to providing critical data for the campaign for audit reform, your company can directly benefit from participating in the Audit Key. Individual suppliers will have access to their own quarterly survey numbers, as well as aggregate survey results and key findings. Suppliers can use this information to see how they compare to other suppliers in terms of audit volumes and appeal overturn rates.  Your company’s individual experiences will never be shared, but will be included in the aggregate data.

AAHomecare will offer a free webinar on May 11, at 2:00 p.m. to provide a step-by-step guide for registering and completing the HME Audit Key survey. This webinar, presented by Kim Brummett of AAHomecare and Randi Dessingue of PCS, will simplify the process of completing the survey and offer insight into the use of the survey data. The webinar will also provide a review of the information required to fill out the survey, along with tips for completing it.                                      Register today for the free webinar on May 11!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Fight for Better HME Policy Is Up to You

Now is the time to step up and get involved with the legislative process. We need members of Congress to understand what is at stake for the HME community, and we need members of that community to help explain it to them. 

The American Association for Homecare is urging all providers to join us on Capitol Hill as we fight to replace the current competitive bidding program with a functional and transparent pricing system and work to simplify the stream of requirements and procedures that stands between suppliers and patients.

AAHomecare will work with you to schedule the right appointments. Once you get to Washington, DC, you'll have access to homecare's top experts, who will help you understand the details of the key issues during a day-long series of seminars. They will also provide tips on the best ways to establish working relationships with your members of Congress, give you handouts to leave behind in Hill offices after your appointments, and then follow-up with those offices to reinforce your message.

The American Association for Homecare WashingtonLegislative Conference will be held May 25-26 at the Washington Court Hotel. Ask for the American Association for Homecare rate or reserve your room online, using promo code AAH0516 (0 = zero).

Single $299 | Double $319 – rates guaranteed through Friday, May 6

Schedule at a glance:
May 25
12 noon- Lunch & Keynote Address
1:00-5:00 PM- Issue Education & Congressional Speakers
6:00 PM- PAC Reception

May 26
8:00-9:00 AM- Retrieve Material for Hill Meetings
9:30-4:30 PM- Capitol Hill Meetings
5:00-6:30 PM- Capitol Hill Reception

 Register Today!

Select sponsorship opportunities are still available! – contact Sue Mairena at suem@aahomecare.org or 202-372-0745 for more information. 

Don't Delay!  If you have made the decision to attend the legislative conference, please complete your registration as soon as possible.  While we are able to accommodate even last-minute registrants, you improve your chances of a fuller Capitol Hill meeting schedule and seeing legislators directly if you register early.

Thank you to the following sponsors: