Friday, May 19, 2017

DMEPOS RAC to Look at Potential Underpayments for Group 3 Wheelchair Options & Accessories

The industry is pleased to see that Performant Recovery, the DMEPOS RAC, has been approved to add an audit that will look at the underpayment of Group 3 power wheelchair options.  All wheelchair accessories (including seating systems) and seat and back cushions furnished in connection with Group 3 complex rehabilitative power wheelchairs will be reviewed regardless of modifiers.  This issue recovers the incorrect reductions owed to suppliers for claims for these items for DOS 1/1/2016 - 6/30/2016.

This is a very positive development as it is the first time an underpayment for our industry has been audited!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Industry Advocate Kucka To Receive Award at #AAHWLC17

AAHomecare is pleased to announce George Kucka will be the recipient of this year’s AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award at our upcoming Washington Legislative Conference on May 24-25, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Legislative Advocate Award was established in 2012 to recognize and honor AAHomecare members who have significantly advanced the homecare community’s legislative goals and who have, by their example, inspired and motivated others to join the fight for better federal policy for the home medical equipment sector. Last year the Association honored Thad Connally, president of First Choice Medical.

George Kucka, president of Fairmeadows Home Health Center, Inc. in Schererville, Indiana, has dedicated his career to serving others. As a member of the AAHomecare Board of Directors, chair of the HME/RT Council, and active member of several of the Association's Councils and Work Groups, he has been deeply involved in the decisions that are building a better future for HME.

Kucka has faithfully championed the benefits of membership in both national and state associations and served as a catalyst for action in the industry, including serving as a driver behind the efforts to develop a definition that more fully encompasses the value of HME that will have wide effects and applications in our field. His knowledge of industry processes and protocol have helped identify opportunities to pursue better systems for providers to serve patients and their communities.

The 2017 AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award will be presented to Kucka during the Legislative Conference on Wednesday, May 24, in the Grand Ballroom at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. Register today for the conference and be there to support a colleague and strong advocate for this industry.