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In wake of cuts, HME providers let chips fall


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


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

Toxic mix

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I blogged last week about the significant drop in the number of allowed beneficiaries for some of the most popular DMEPOS products starting in January of 2016.

Wrong and right

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This is what it must be like to work in the HME industry.

In the same day (today), I received an email from a provider that exemplifies all that is wrong with the HME industry, and another that exemplifies all that is right.

First the wrong.

'This is what needs to be written about'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I had a provider email me this week who was asking if we could use our trusty HME Databank to show how the competitive bidding program has affected access to home medical equipment.

Providers must report overpayments going back six years


WASHINGTON – CMS has revised the look-back period for overpayments from 10 to six years, according to a final rule issued Feb. 11.

Stakeholders push for payment freeze


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are shifting gears in their fight against Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

CMS posts DMEPOS data dump


WASHINGTON – CMS has posted a new data set that provides information on more than 385,000 physicians and other healthcare profession

OIG: CMS could have saved $7.6M on diabetic test strips


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that CGS Administrators made Medicare payments for diabetic test strips when beneficiaries had not exhausted previously dispensed supplies.