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Fingerprints slow Medicare application process

February 3, 2015HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - There have been delays in processing new Medicare applications for DME providers due to CMS's new fingerprinting initiative, the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) reports.“MAMES has been hearing from suppliers and consultants on what appears to be added delays,” reads the association's Feb. 2 bulletin.CMS began phasing in fingerprint-based background checks for HME and home health providers last year. Initially, it's requiring the checks for newly...

Background Checks, Delays, Fingerprints, Fraud

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On the Editor's Desk

A program that's out of control (besides competitive bidding)

November 11, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Audits are as big an issue—if not bigger, for some providers—as competitive bidding. So the latest news from the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) that it will defer assignments for ALJ hearings possibly up to 28 months has put some providers right over the edge. And I don't blame them. For a story that will appear in our December issue, AAHomecare's Kim Brummett told Managing Editor Theresa Flaherty: “If CMS wants to continue this ferocious cycle of audits, they need...

ALJs, Appeals, Audits, Delays

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