AAHomecare Works to Ensure Site Visit Helps CMS Understand HME’s Challenges
If a picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps a facility tour is worth a thousand pictures. Today, AAHomecare staff participated in a comprehensive tour of an HME facility conducted for four senior officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The purpose of the visit was to better inform the CMS officials about the challenges facing HME providers and the benefits of HME for patients.
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The host company was AAHomecare member Roberts Home Medical in Maryland. The tour of their Germantown, Md. office was planned by Barbara Rogers, executive director of the National Emphysema/COPD Association and Walt Gorski, AAHomecare’s VP for government affairs. Both Rogers and Gorski serve on the Program Advisory and Oversight Committee (PAOC), which was set up to advise Medicare officials about the “competitive” bidding program for HME.
Four Roberts Home Medical staff (Louis Kaufman, Roger Runkles, Gwen Turner, and President Lynn Bryson) gave the Medicare officials an overview of the process including intake, delivery, home assessments, clinical assessments, monitoring of the patient, and documentation issues. The day included visits to the homes of two patients as well.
Barbara Rogers commented beforehand that she wants to make sure CMS has “a full overview of what it takes to completely and safely service a beneficiary - especially highlighting the education, service and maintenance components.”
AAHomecare works with federal officials every week on a variety of issues, but the facility tour hosted by Roberts Home Medical provided a unique “rubber meets the road” opportunity to bring regulatory issues to life. The Association thanks Roberts Home Medical, Barbara Rogers, and the CMS officials for taking time to participate in the informative tour. AAHomecare will continue its efforts to organize site visits for congressional and Administration officials to help educate policy makers of the importance of HME to millions of patients.