Policy and Informational Materials from VGM Government Relations

Our resource center offers presentations, talking points, papers and studies all to keep you informed on the latest government developments and their effects on both the consumers and the HME industry. Please check back often for new resources materials.

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Top Legislative Priorities  
House bill-Patient Acces to DME Act of 2016
Suggested Questions for the Record on HHS Secretary
Expansion of Competitive Bidding to Rural Areas
NFIB Support letter for S.2736
S.2736 Patient Access to DME Act of 2016
VGM Support letter for S.2736
S. 2736 Press Release from Sen. Thune
Audit and Appeal Reform
Prior Authorization
CRT Accessory Talking Points
Binding Bid Implementation
Nationwide Rollout of Competitive Bidding  
Supplier Reduction Data
Letter from Senate Finance Committe asking for a 12 month delay
S.2312-DME Access and Stabilization Act of 2015
S. 2312 Talking Points-Expansion to the CB program
HR 4185 PACT Act
Infographic of Rural Relief supporters
Infographic of CRT supports
NFIB Support letter for HR 4185
Rural Medicare beneficiaries will lose access to home medical equipment on Jan. 1
Press Release for S.2312 DME Access and Stabilization Act
Rural HME Provider Study (NE,ID,KS,UT,SD)
Rural HME Provider Study (MT,ND,OR,WA,WV,WI)
Dear Colleague Letter to W&M supporting Congressman Price's bill
Market Pricing Program, the Competitive Bidding Alternative
Bills to Watch  
H.R. 6012- BREATH ACT (vent bill)
S.3195 BREATH Act (vent bill)
H.R. 3229- Complex Rehab Technology
H.R. 2437 Prior Authorization Bill (Rep. Blackburn)
Market Pricing Program by Rep. Tom Price
Letter on HR 3471 Veterans Mobility Act
State Licensure Tool Box  
Welcome Letter
State by State Progress-DME Licensure MapRequiring DME licensure within states will create safeguards for our industry and allow us to raise the bar for local care
Key Points-DME Licensure Bill
Grassroots Strategies for your State Association
Talking Points for State Licensure
Making a Bill Supporter Prospect List
Tips on Finding a Legislative Sponsor
Temperature Check Meetings with Individuals
Planning an Effective Communication Strategy
Planning a Capitol Lobby Day
Meeting Recap Form
Sample Press Release
Status of Support and Opposition Form
Sample of DME State Licensure Bill Language
Alabama DME Licensure
Tennessee Licensure
Research Studies & Articles  
The Case For Medicare Investment in DME - Brian Leitten
The Case for Medicare Investment in DME (Full Study) - Brian Leitten
Hospital Campaign Participants
ADA official statement on NMQF Study
NMQF Press Release Diabetes Care
NMQF Report on CMS Competitive Bidding Program
NMQF Study Shows Harmful Impact on Diabetic Patients from Competitive Bidding Program
CMS proposes DMEPOS price changes based on competitive bid rates
Proposed Rule DMEPOS
The Case for Medicare Investment in DME-2014 by Brian LeittenIn an effort to reduce health care costs, Medicare has implemented policies that drastically cut medical equipment access for seniors and people with disabilities. However, a recent study shows that the healthcare system and beneficiaries will actually save on long-term costs if the governement invests in durable medical equipment services up front.
Backlash Against RACs May Be Near Tipping Point
Graphic and Summary of Medicare Investement in DME Study
OMHA Mediation Pilot Puts CMS, Part B Providers Together to Resolve Appeals
PTAN Closures
Getting Involved Guide  
SBA event in Portland, OR
State Politics are More Important than People Think
August Recess-What to do when your Congressman turns you down, by Tom Powers
Politics 101: What is an Omnibus Bill and what is a Lame Duck Session?
Another Way to Stand Up for Your Small Business

If excessive fines, penalties or unfair regulatory enforcement
actions by federal agencies are problems for your small
business, you have an advocate in the U.S. Small Business
Administration’s Office of the National Ombudsman.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
Talking Points for Meeting with Legislator
Van's Medical Thank You Audio
Congressional Letters  
VGM Letter to HHS Secretary Price
OPGA VA Choice Letter
West Virgina Delegation to HHS
AdvaMed letter to E&C Committee
CRT letter to CMS
People for Quality Care  
PFCQ Brochure 
PFQC Competitive Bidding FAQs 
Beneficiary Complaint Hotline Card
Beneficiary Complaint Hotline Card - Diabetics Specific
Beneficiary Complaint Infographic - Organized by State & Complaint Category
HIDA presentation
John Gallagher Legislative Update 3.30.17
VA Contracting