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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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Competitive Bidding Calculators  
OTS Back BracesThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Round 2021 Pivotal Bid
OTS Knee BracesThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
OxygenThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Support SurfacesThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
TENS DevicesThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
VentilatorsThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
WalkersThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Hospital BedsThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Commode ChairsThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
PMD/Power WheelchairThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
CPAP and RAD DevicesThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Enteral NutritionThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Patient Lifts and Seat LiftsThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Manual WheelchairsThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
NebulizersThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Calculator InstructionsInstructions for calculator use.
NPWT CalculatorThis calculator will allow you to input your own book of business to see the impact your chosen bid price has on your revenue.
Round 2021  
CURES Act codes with rates
Mark Higley's Analysis of Bid Variance
Third Party Payer Calculators  
Instructions
Oxygen
CPAP and Supplies
Nebulizer
Hospital Beds
Group 2 Power Mobility Devices
Walkers
Manual Wheelchairs
Commodes
Patient Lifts
Support Surfaces
TENS
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
Off the shelf Knee Braces
Off the shelf Back Braces
Top Legislative Priorities  
H.R. 2771 Protect Home Access & Medical Equipment Reference GuideUse this one sheeter to brief elected officials and their staff on home oxygen legislation.
H.R.2771 Map of SupportersClick here to view the map of supporters to H.R.2771- Protecting Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment Access
H.R. 4945 Ventilator BillIntroduced by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), H.R. 4945 would delay the inclusion of ventilators from the Medicare durable medical equipment competitive bidding program for five years and establish a technical expert panel (TEP) to update that national coverage policies for home mechanical ventilator devices so that they reflect technological advancements and peer-reviewed science.
Map of H.R.4945 Bill Supporters
Federal CRT LegislationUse this one sheeter to help brief elected officials and their staff in meetings about CRT Legislation.
Custom Breast Prosthesis InformationThis document explains bills H.R.1370 and S.562, the Custom Breast Prosthesis legislation in the 116th Congress.
57 House Members Signed Congressional Letter Only 08.20This document lists those who signed the congressional letter, but not H.R. 2771
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  
MAP- Decline of Medical Equipment Suppliers in the U.S. over the past 10 yearsDurable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers, many of them being small businesses, are being forced to close their doors due to reimbursement cuts, regulatory restrictions, and excessive and unreasonable audits. The map indicates the number and percentage increase or decrease in DME suppliers over the last ten years.
State request President release federal stockpile of supplies
DME Supplier NumbersUse this spreadsheet to illustrate the issues DME suppliers are facing to elected officials and their staff. When printing, print in landscape orientation.
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
Rural HME Provider Study (NE,ID,KS,UT,SD)
Rural HME Provider Study (MT,ND,OR,WA,WV,WI)
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.
DMEPOS NPI CountDMEPOS NPI Count 2010-Sept. 2020
Congressional Letters  
Industry Support letter for H.R.2771
House CRT Manual Accessories Sign-On Letter To CMS 08.05.2020
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
People for Quality Care  
PFQC Competitive Bidding FAQs 
Beneficiary Complaint Hotline Card
Beneficiary Complaint Hotline Card - Diabetics Specific
Beneficiary Complaint Infographic - Organized by State & Complaint Category
Presentations  
Competitive Bidding Webinar July 9, 2019Mark Higley, Ronda Buhrmester and Craig Douglas prepare you for the opening of the competitive bid window.
May 29th Webinar CB: Getting in the Weeds with Lead Item Pricing, New Bid Ceilings, Maximum Winning Bid and Bid Bonds!
How to Win a VA Contract
2020 Benchmarking Responses
2020 Benchmarking Survey Results
Coronavirus  
Alabama Vaccine distribution-
DECLINE OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PROVIDERS IN THE U.S OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS
Nevada COVID-19 Vaccine info
PPPandEIDLrevitalized12.30.20Updates on the recent bill passed and changes to PPP, EIDL and tax implications
TaxIssuesReliefBill12.23.20updates on taxes
Vaccine Distribution info
VGMTea NoticeStateVaccinationsPlans12.23.20updates to vaccines by state
WA vaccine plan-
West Virginia Vaccine Form
WV Vaccine Form
WV Vaccine info