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Medicare announces electronic initiative


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’

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?


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


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


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


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.