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OIG will ‘peel back onion’ on CMS, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – If an investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) goes the HME industry’s way—and stakeholders believe it will—CMS will no longer be able to blow off concerns about competitive bidding.

Inappropriate, questionable billing for test strips, says OIG


WASHINGTON – Medicare inappropriately allowed $6 million in claims for diabetes test strips in 2011, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Senior Medicare Patrol saves $6M


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) Senior Medicare Patrol project was responsible for recovering $6 million in funds in 2012, according to a new report.

OIG to CMS: Rein in CPAP supplies

CMS did not concur with recommendation

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends that CMS review and revise the replacement schedule for CPAP supplies in a report published today (June 26).

Lawmakers call on OIG to investigate competitive bidding


WASHINGTON – In a June 21 letter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, call on the agency to investigate the possibility that CMS deliberately overlooked its own rules when awarding contracts for competitive bidding, according to a press release.

Audits: AOPA vs. CMS


ALEXANDRIA, Va. ­– The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) has sued CMS over what it calls “unfair and unauthorized” auditing activities, according to a press release.

OIG: Illinois could have saved $8.5M on diabetes test strips


WASHINGTON ­– Illinois could have saved an additional $8.5 million in 2011 by reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates for diabetes test strips to Medicare rates, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Members of Congress sign AOPA letter


WASHINGTON – Thirty-five members of Congress—19 Democrats, 16 Republicans—agreed to sign a letter presented to them by members of American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) regarding CMS audit procedures, according to an article form

OIG to CMS: Increase surety bond amounts


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has made another push for CMS to use surety bonds to recover overpayments from HME providers.

The Scooter Store: Will an indictment be next?


NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Federal and state officials, as well as The Scooter Store, are keeping a tight lid on the details of a raid at the company’s corporate headquarters.