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Industry to CMS: Build out phone demo

‘This is really the first CMS innovation that is really worth a darn,’ says Andrea Stark
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02/24/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are throwing their support behind expanding a demonstration project that allows providers to speak with reconsideration professionals by phone to try and resolve their appeals.

CareCentrix requires repeat authorizations for oxygen

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02/24/2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – A recently announced change to CareCentrix’s authorization process for oxygen patients covered under a Medicare Advantage plan has stakeholders scratching their heads.

Infusion providers take Medicare patients ‘case by case’

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02/24/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – One of the leading providers of home infusion therapy has stopped taking new Medicare patients and others are likely to follow suit if a “payment gap” is not closed.

Medtrade Spring preview: Vendors favor intimate venue

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02/24/2017

LAS VEGAS – Exhibiting at Medtrade Spring has a different dynamic than the big fall show, but vendors say they are attracted to the smaller, more intimate feel.

In brief: Study finds DME saves money, Tricare agrees with rollback

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02/24/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – Upfront spending on durable medical equipment saves Medicare money in the long run, according to an updated study conducted by Leitten Consulting for The VGM Group.

Updated study finds DME saves money

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02/23/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – Upfront spending on durable medical equipment saves Medicare money in the long run, according to an updated study conducted by Leitten Consulting for The VGM Group.

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HME NewsPoll March 2017

CMS announced Feb. 7 that it has decided to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding to give the new administration the chance to review the program. This latest round of the program will include a number of changes, including moving the bid ceiling to the 2015 fee schedule amounts, and requiring bidders to obtain a $50,000 surety bond for each CBA in which a bid is submitted.