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Court agrees broken appeals systems is unfair

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06/22/2018

DALLAS – A U.S. District Court’s recent opinion prohibiting CMS from recouping alleged overpayments from a provider going through the appeals process until after the administrative law judge level sends a strong message, industry stakeholders say.

Heard at Heartland: Engage your employees, leverage growing demand

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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – Whether it’s medical supplies or a hot dog stand, if you want to build a world-class company, your employees need to provide exemplary service, said keynote speaker John DiJulius at the Heartland Conference last week.

‘It is no longer worth the pit in my stomach’

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It’s always disappointing when the HME industry’s efforts to get relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program fail to cross the finish line. But this last time around, when H.R. 4229 failed to make the cut in a recently passed omnibus bill, it was particularly disappointing.

Medicare announces electronic initiative

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03/07/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced a new initiative, MyHealthEData, to give patients control of their healthcare data.

‘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.

What do Medicare beneficiaries spend for care?

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05/25/2017

WASHINGTON – More than one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries, or 15 million people, spend 20% or more of their incomes on premiums plus medical care, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

Gov’t sums up healthcare fraud and abuse control

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01/20/2017

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice have released their “Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016.”

CMS announces 2017 premiums

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11/11/2016

WASHINGTON – For about 70% of Medicare beneficiaries, the average monthly premium for Part B services will be about $109 in 2017, compared to $104.90 for the past four years, CMS announced Nov. 10.

In wake of cuts, HME providers let chips fall

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08/05/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – It’s only been a month since CMS rolled out draconian reimbursement cuts across the country, but HME providers have begun playing hardball.

CMS touts prevention efforts

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07/20/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS’s efforts to reduce improper payments have saved nearly $42 billion, according to a new report.

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