There was significant shuffling in the bottom half of the top 10 list of Medicare providers for 2014.
The top half, No. 1 to No. 5, was rock solid, with Lincare, Accredo Health Group, Apria Healthcare, Lincare Pharmacy Services and Walgreens holding steady.
Two of these providers, Accredo Health Group (specialty pharmacy) and Lincare Pharmacy Services, saw an increase in allowed charges from 2013 to 2014.
Accredo Health: $416 million to $472 million
Lincare Pharmacy Services: $226 million to $237 million
Of the three other providers in the top half, Apria Healthcare saw the biggest drop in allowed charges, from about $304 million in 2013 to $247 million in 2014.
The bottom half of the top 10, as I said, is another story.
Zoll Services (defibrillators, catheters and vents) was the biggest mover, rising from No. 11 in 2013 to No. 6 in 2014 with about $142 million in allowed charges. The other providers moving in a positive direction: Hanger Prosthetics from No. 10 to No. 9 and Coram Alternate Site Services (bought by CVS from Apria Healthcare in 2013) from No. 13 to No. 10.
Rounding out the top 10 were KCI USA, which moved from No. 6 to No. 7, and Arriva Medical (diabetes supplies), which moved from No. 7 to No. 8.
Part of the top 10 last year but not this year: Liberty Medical Supply, which was No. 9 in 2013.
See this data and more in our 2015 State of the Industry Report published in December.