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Medicare trustees expect Part B costs to grow steadily

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04/23/2019

WASHINGTON – Projected costs for the Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund, which funds Medicare Part B and D, are expected to grow steadily from 2.1% of GDP in 2018 to about 3.7% GDP in 2038, according to the 2019 Medicare Trustees Report.

CMS bulks up PA program

Agency also adds four codes to ‘Master List’
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04/19/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has added seven codes for complex rehab power mobility devices and five codes for support surfaces to the national prior authorization program, AAHomecare reports.
The agency will roll the PMD codes into the program within 90 days, or July 21 by the association’s estimates.

AAHomecare readies for ‘aggressive action’

Immediate agenda includes facilitating smarter bids, removing vents from bid program
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04/19/2019

LAS VEGAS – AAHomecare officials laid out an ambitious road map to usher the HME industry forward at the Washington Update April 16 at Medtrade Spring.

Medtrade Spring: Providers in search of answers

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04/19/2019

LAS VEGAS – Competitive bidding was top of mind for many attendees at Medtrade Spring, where a workshop on the upcoming changes in Round 2021 drew a standing room only crowd, say show organizers.

Attendance, overall, was up 11% compared to last year, they say.

ResMed tests blended model for POC

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04/19/2019

SAN DIEGO – ResMed in late March quietly launched a pilot program, Oxyensure, to sell portable oxygen concentrators by the same name directly to cash customers and through providers to insurance customers.

Accessories bill back in play

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04/19/2019

WASHINGTON – A bill that would suspend competitive bidding pricing for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs for 18 months is back on the books in the House of Representatives.

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HME NewsPoll May 2019

Industry stakeholders recently released bid calculators to help HME providers formulate their bids for Round 2021.

This round of bidding uses lead-item pricing, making it substantially different than previous rounds of bidding. In 100 words or less, please share how lead-item pricing is changing the way you formulate your bids.