Welcome to the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services

FAHCS Announces Meeting Dates and Location:
May 3-4, 2017:  Tampa Holiday Inn Westshore 
Providers: View the agenda and registration form here.
Exhibitors: View the agenda and registration form here.

(Earn .4 CEUs Total)
CEU Class ONLY:  $49 Per Person (FAHCS MEMBER)
CEU Class ONLY:  $79 Per Person (Non-FAHCS MEMBER)

# 1 An Overview of Evaluation and Documentation for Mobility Assistive Equipment
# 2 A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Documentation for Power Seating Options
Update:  Feb. 7, 2017:  CMS Temporarily Delays CB Round 2019 to Allow New Administration Opportunity for Review
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to temporarily delay moving forward with the next steps of the Round 2019 Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program to allow the new administration further opportunity to review the program [emphasis ours]. As a result, CMS has removed all information that was released on January 31, 2017, including information on the CMS.gov website and the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) website. Please continue to monitor the CMS.gov and CBIC websites for updates.
Stay tuned for analysis and comments as it becomes available as this is great news for DME providers…this gives the new administration time to explore these regulations and programs.

FAHCS at work for YOU!

During the FAHCS Meeting this week, we met with David Rogers, Asst. Dept. Secretary for AHCA. Mr. Rogers was very accommodating and informative. During our discussions he provided us a link to submit complaints, concerns and issues on the provider level and also stated we should encourage the Medicaid Beneficiaries to use the same link or phone number. Mr. Rogers also indicated that in many cases the Beneficiary concerns can be addressed and resolved while on the phone with AHCA.

Log on to the Online Complaint Form at http://ahca.myflorida.com/smmc or call 1-800-226-6735 to speak to a Medicaid Rep.

The purpose of this tool is to provide a centralized database to provide actuaries with data to support necessary alterations to the program. Please encourage detailed encounter information to support the resolution process.  


Efforts Continue to Pass Relief Legislation
Click here for issue brief to share 


Pending Legislation
HR 5210, the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) Act, and S 2736 Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act of 2016.

Read Bill Text Here:

HR 5210

S 2736

Please read these Issue briefs for each bill and share with your Member ASAP:

HR 5210 Issue Brief

S 2736 Issue Brief  

We’ve targeted a few legislators in our state that we need your help bringing on board; IF YOU ARE IN THEIR DISTRICT PLEASE CALL!!!

·         Sen Bill Nelson (D)—Senate Finance Committee Member (202.224.5274)

·         Rep Kathy Castor (D)—Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Member (202.225.3376)

·         Rep Gus Michael Bilirakis (R)—Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Member (202.225.5755)

·         Rep Vern Buchanan (R)—Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Member (202.225.5015)

The Ask:

Please call their office and ask for their co-sponsorship of HR 5210/S 2736 and to seek passage of the Senate & House bills before the July 1 deadline

Click below to determine WHO YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS:



Senate Contact info – Ask for the Health LA:

Senator Nelson 202-224-5274 

Senator Rubio 202-224-3041






















Renew or Join FAHCS Now!

By joining the FAHCS, you are becoming a part of the movement to provide patients and businesses with fair and honest treatment in the industry. You will also be joining a network of professionals, businesses and advocates who provide support and assistance when requested. FAHCS has:

  • Hosted five statewide conferences, each with over 150 attendees, to bring together providers, industry experts and sponsors
  • Had multiple tele-conferences for its members on important industry issues
  • Frequently sent timely and relevant email blasts with important, genuine information not forwarded from others’ newsletters

Additionally, joining the FAHCS will grant you access to the exclusive members-only area of our website that includes news and information about our future efforts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and a representative will be happy to discuss the benefits or pricing options in more detail.

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Do You Need A Handy Medicare Reference Guide?
This LCD Booklet is For YOU!

These pocket-sized booklets feature the current Medicare LDC (Local Coverage Determination) for the most commonly prescribed DME items. Use them as marketing tools and educational items for your prescribers and your referral sources. Make sure that your customer service and billing staff have the current guidelines in hand to ensure that your business is providing equipment to beneficiaries that always meets Medicare requirements.

Click Here for Booklet ORDER FORM


Congratulations FAHCS members - Great work! A threat to Repeal AWP has subsided in the senate and the bill is withdrawn. Senator Rene Garcia (Republican-Hialeah) has filed an amendment to SB 2512 which would repeal the 'any willing provider law' for DME. The amendment was filed to a bill sponsored by Senator Denise Grimsley.

Members, you came together to make a huge difference in our industry!

Our Vision for Provider Support at the State
and Federal Government Levels

Our goal is to provide a forum for educational opportunities and advocating on behalf of the homecare community in order to improve the industry for patients and providers. We aim to provide a voice for those businesses to State and Federal entities that regulate the industry. Our accomplishments in previous years have been remarkable and we are looking ahead to even greater work for our Members in the future.

We invite you to browse through our website, learn about our organization in our About Us page, learn more about the situation that the provider community is facing and consider joining the FAHCS by becoming a member of this progressive association.

Thank You To Our Sponsors
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