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Your tires are flat, but only on one side

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Thursday, December 6, 2018
Jonathan Temple

Imagine you are having a problem with your car. You need it looked at, so you take your car to an expert to get it checked out at and diagnosed. You know you have problems with your car, but you want someone else to assess your car’s problems.

Stakeholders unpack disappointing final rule

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11/02/2018

WASHINGTON – The lack of substantial changes in the competitive bidding-related final rule likely comes down to cost, say HME industry stakeholders.

CMS sticks with ‘flawed’ pricing during gap period

‘Suppliers can’t wait for the more sustainable rates that we expect from future rounds of an improved bidding program. They need relief now,’ says AAH’s Tom Ryan
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11/02/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS appears to have done little to change its competitive bidding-related rule from the time it was proposed in July until it was finalized on Nov. 1.

AAH responds to recent proposed rule

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08/21/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare argues that CMS should pay HME providers in competitive bidding areas a higher rate during an upcoming “gap period” in the program, according to comments submitted by the association this week in response to a recent proposed rule.

CMS’s Seema Verma: Current bid structure ‘not sustainable’

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07/12/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS Administrator Seema Verma says she wants to “modernize” the agency’s long-standing competitive bidding program for DMEPOS by instituting market-oriented reforms.

Stakeholders stand ready to change bid program, with Price’s help

The broad underlying statute governing the program gives complete discretion to the administration, they point out
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02/13/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding could mean a revamp of the program, now that Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is taking the helm at the Department of Health and Human Services, say industry stakeholders.

Audit bill clears committee

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06/04/2015

WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process.

Associations land champion for audit bill

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05/07/2014

WASHINGTON – Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., plans to sponsor legislation to fix Medicare’s broken audit system, AAHomecare and the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) announced today.

RAC audits: CMS adds discussion period

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02/21/2014

WASHINGTON – The week after a scathing forum on audits, CMS on Feb. 18 pledged to make a number of changes to the recovery audit contractor (RAC) program in 2014.

Audits, big business and allegiances

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It may not feel like it, but HME providers aren’t the only healthcare providers being audited like crazy by the government.

Hospitals are, too.

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