WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Health and Human Services released the latest 2020 Medicare expenditures data, reporting that DME accounts for 1.35% ($11.2 billion) of total Medicare spend. In the past ten years, total Medicare spending rose 1.5 times more than DME spending. HME stakeholders are encouraged to use AAHomecare’s updated Medicare Spending Chart advocacy document, available here, when engaging federal legislators on the need to address reimbursement challenges.
The document illustrates how DME is not part of the problem with Medicare expenditures and instead provides a cost-effective solution. DME, supplies, and services enable millions of Americans to remain safe and independent at home and is an essential tool to keeping the overall health care costs down.
+ AAHomecare In Action
WASHINGTON, DC – Tom Ryan, president & CEO, Jay Witter, senior vice president of Public Policy, Kim Brummett, vice president of Regulatory Affairs, and Gordon Barnes, senior director of Communications, met with the FDA regarding CPAP/BIPAPs.
Witter met with Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) regarding the chip shortage…Laura Williard, vice president of Payer Relations, participated in the OAMES Board of Directors Meeting, PAMS Legislative Committee Call, and the SCMESA COVID-19 Payor Update call.
David Chandler, senior director of Payer Relations, participated in NEMEP’s Legislative Strategy call as well as met with Empire Health Plan, met with Virginia Medicaid and ACMESA, Virginia legislative strategy meeting, and TexMEP’s legislative committee call. Brummett and Mina Uehara, director of Regulatory Affairs, met with a subgroup of the Regulatory Council to discuss transitions post-PHE. Williard and Tilly Gambill, director of Marketing Communications, met with the Illinois lobbyist regarding HB 4234.