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  
ESRD Analysis
ESRD Dear Colleague Letter
Audit and Appeal Reform
Prior Authorization
List of Signers to CMR Letter
Map of CMR letter
Nationwide Rollout of Competitive Bidding  
Supplier Reduction Data
Rural Medicare beneficiaries will lose access to home medical equipment on Jan. 1
Rural HME Provider Study (NE,ID,KS,UT,SD)
Rural HME Provider Study (MT,ND,OR,WA,WV,WI)
Market Pricing Program, the Competitive Bidding Alternative
ESRD Templates
Bills to Watch  
H.R. 4229 HOME Access Act of 2017Bill that extends the transition to new payment rates for durable medical equipment under the Medicare program and amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to update the Medicare budget neutrality requirement for oxygen.
H.R. 3730 Amends Title XVIII of Social Security ActA bill that amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative manual wheelchairs and accessories.
S. 486 Protecting Beneficiary Access to CRT Act of 2017Senate version of H.R. 3730: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative wheelchairs and accessories.
H.R. 930 Lymphedema Treatment ActBill that amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of certain lymphedema compression treatment items as items of durable medical equipment.
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  
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Far West
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Great Lakes
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Mideast
Delivery Cost Survey Results-New England
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Plains
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Rocky Mountain
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Southeast
Delivery Cost Survey Results-Southwest
Medicare Cost Shifting-Leitten Study July 2018
The Case For Medicare Investment in DME - Brian Leitten
The Case for Medicare Investment in DME (Full Study) - Brian Leitten
ADA official statement on NMQF Study
NMQF Press Release Diabetes Care
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.
Getting Involved Guide  
State Politics are More Important than People Think
August Recess-What to do when your Congressman turns you down, by Tom Powers
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
Congressional Letters  
OPGA VA Choice Letter
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
Benchmarking Survey
Benchmarking survey results Excel
How to Win a VA Contract