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Is bid fix up in the air?

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

For HME providers who have wondered what HHS Secretary and industry champion Tom Price has been up to while they wait for a competitive bidding fix, we now have an answer.

Jetsetting.

Updated data, CMS’s central office and The Circus Ship

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We go live with 2016 data for our HME Databank on Oct. 1. I’ve been playing around in a test site this week, and let me tell you, the data ain’t pretty.

Free legal advice Friday

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Friday, September 22, 2017

When you speak to industry attorneys, you get a wealth of information, more than can fit into a 400-word story for the November issue. So here are some outtakes from my recent conversations with Jeff Baird:

Same or separate

Like taking candy from a baby. Or, carbohydrates from The Kid.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Last week, I was working diligently to wrap up my work on the October issue of HME News when I suddenly thought: low blood sugar.

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‘It’s called cost shifting and it’s bad for Americans’

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Friday, September 15, 2017

A wrote a blog a few weeks back called “Head banging” about the share of Medicare spending on DME, and the concentration of Medicare spending in different areas of health care.

A big ouch for Lincare

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The data is starting to trickle in for this year’s State of the Industry Report, which we’ll publish online in December. One of those pieces of data: the top 100 suppliers by amount allowed by Medicare.

Head banging

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Friday, July 28, 2017

In case you missed it, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) in June published

The princess slept very well, thank you!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

In the game of life, it’s not uncommon to receive congratulations when someone learns you’ve bought a new house or car. This, despite the idea—at least to me—that I am also being congratulated on incurring debt that I will be making monthly payments on for (gulp) years.

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‘Action expresses priorities’

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In these challenging days of national competitive bidding pricing and widespread auditing, HME businesses can be, understandably, an insular bunch.

But there are problems in any market. And the severity of those problems typically ebb and flow, with periods of decline and regrowth.

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