More Than 9,000 DME Providers Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AAHomecare’s quarterly supplier number tracking sheet is now available with July 2022 data. AAHomecare monitors the DMEPOS industry by reviewing the list of Medicare registered suppliers. The updated tracking sheet reveals a slight decrease in the number of locations compared to a year ago.
AAHomecare officials estimate that there are currently 9,145 traditional Medicare DMEPOS locations across the country. Our updated analysis continues to show about a 30% decrease in traditional DME supplier locations since 2013. To see more state-specific numbers, you can find AAHomecare’s supplier number tracking sheet and “heat-map” available here.
MedPAC July 2022 Databook
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) published their annual data book on Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program. MedPAC reports an increase in the number of Medicare Managed Care beneficiaries, growing from 33% of Medicare beneficiaries in 2018 to 37% as of 2020. Concurrently, beneficiaries that only have Medicare coverage decreased from 16% to 13%.
MedPAC also reported Medicare represented 20% of total national DME spending in 2020, which is a 4% increase from 2018. Medicaid and CHIP represented 16% of total spending, and 69% of the spending were by private health insurance, out-of-pocket spending, and other private and public spending. Below is the chart shared in the July 2022 Data Book:
Virtual Washington Legislative Conference Brings First Time Advocates and Seasoned Veterans Together
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bringing together HME leaders from around the nation, the Virtual Washington Legislative Conference offers providers and manufacturers an opportunity to advocate for HME policy priorities with members of Congress and staffers through Zoom-enabled meetings. This simple to use method of speaking with your legislators is highly effective; in just a couple hours’ time, you can meet with Senators, Representatives, and staff to give a first-hand account of the challenges you face – and what legislative measure your company needs to ensure a high standard of care for the communities you serve.
If you are new to HME or have never reached out to your members of Congress, we highly encourage you to register and join long-time advocates learning how to effectively share your story and the challenges you are facing. Through this conference, you have an opportunity to build a relationship with policy makers and work hand-in-hand for solutions and policy improvements.
September Timeframe is Key for HME
The Conference is timed so that HME advocates can make the maximum impact on Capitol Hill in advance of a deadline to pass government funding legislation by the end of September, as well as for potential omnibus healthcare legislative packages later in the year.
We’ve eliminated the travel but kept the impact of this advocacy session through a virtual format. Meetings with members of Congress will take place through Zoom conference lines from 9:00am to 5:30pm ET on September 21. One week prior to the meetings, on September 14, AAHomecare will host a one-hour advocacy event online offering issue education, training on tracking your meetings and logging in via Zoom, and a guidance on how to ensure your message gets through to legislators and staff.
Please register as soon as possible so we can secure you the best slate of meetings on September 21.