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Reporter's notebook: Walmart brochure ‘disparages’ providers


YARMOUTH, Maine – As far as provider Lisa Feierstein is concerned, businesses can do what they like as long as it’s legal. But she took umbrage with a recent marketing piece from Walmart touting its new line of “truefit” CPAP supplies.

VGM uses OmniSYS to fight audits


WATERLOO, Iowa – A new deal will help VGM members respond to audits using OmniSYS solutions at a discounted rate, the companies announced April 17.

CMS readying for background checks


WASHINGTON – CMS is moving forward with fingerprint-based background checks for certain DME and home health and hospice providers.

Gov’t to Orbit Medical: We want our money back


WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Orbit Medical and Jake Kilgore for allegedly altering and forging physician prescriptions and supporting documentation for power wheelchairs and accessories.

Reports offer little substance for HME industry


WASHINGTON – A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Round 1 rebid of competitive bidding “parroted” CMS, say industry stakeholders.

Industry ‘ready’ for prior auths


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders support CMS’s plans to expand the PMD demo—with a few tweaks.  

“I’m all for it,” said Peggy Walker, billing specialist at VGM. “I’m ready for more prior auths.”




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