Thursday, April 25, 2013

DO IT NOW; HR 1717

Breaking news from AAHomecare: 
"MPP Bill Introduced Late Last Night"
Now it's time to get cosponsors
"H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, has been introduced to the House thanks to the bipartisan efforts of Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) The two Congressmen, senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the bill to prevent CMS from implementing Round 2 of the controversial national bidding program and to replace it with the market pricing program."

There are about 500 elected representatives in Washington, one from every district in the United States. There are about 15,000 DME companies, which means every congressman can be reached by our efforts. Simply put, if each DME dealer will call their representative and request their support to get this bill (HR 1717) passed, we will win.  They MUST hear from each of you and as you make your requests, it will build up in force.

On April 24, Rep. Tom Price, GA, introduced HR 1717, the MPP Bill:  “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a marketing program for durable medical equipment, prosthetics,  orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) under part B of the Medicare programs.”

This is the most important opportunity ever to occur in our industry. We must, each and every one of us, get on board, and speak to all our clientele, customers, friends, and family caregivers to get this bill out of committee and onto the floor of Congress and then passed.

There already are 25 co-sponsors, so your (our) work is lined up for instant action. We had an opportunity last year to get this accomplished, but we ran out of time. WE ALL MUST ACT AT ONCE! There is no tomorrow! There is too much at stake! My Congressman, Bill Posey, will get more than 20 calls and he has already co-sponsored HR 1717.

When you speak to the HLAs (health legislative assistants) or the office managers, whether in DC or local office, remind them of how many customers you service.  DO THIS ASAP. Now, while things are spinning, make the contact. We will be very effective when each and every one of us joins the fray.

DO IT NOW ! ! ! !

1 comment:

  1. I will send my thoughts to HLAs and make sure my customers do the same. Thanks Shelly.
    Teri Green
    Atlas Biomechanics


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