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CMS shortens Round 1 contracts


BALTIMORE – CMS announced the timeline for Round 1 2017 last week, with one noticeable difference from previous rounds: The contract period is two years instead of three.

NHIA schedules fly-in


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) encourages its members to fly into Washington, D.C., in February to meet with lawmakers to talk up efforts to require Medicare to pay for home infusion services and related supplies under Part B.

Inogen expands manufacturing, secures reimbursement


GOLETA, Calif. – Inogen has expanded its manufacturing capacity by leasing a 23,890-square-foot area in Richardson, Texas, according to Zacks Equity Research. The move will lower the company’s average cost per square foot for manufacturing.

Inogen cleared for reimbursement in France


GOLETA, Calif. – The Inogen One G3 portable oxygen concentrator has received coverage for reimbursement in France, the company announced Sept. 9.

It’s still a buyer’s market, analysts say

A look at the year that was and the year that is

YARMOUTH, Maine – Competitive bidding drove acquisition activity in 2013 and analysts say it will power decisions in the year ahead.

Respondents split on success of retail stores


YARMOUTH, Maine – Is retail the solution for HME providers feeling the squeeze from reduced Medicare reimbursement? It depends who you ask.

CMS reverses position on Medicare Advantage


BALTIMORE – No April Fools’ Day joke here:

Event spotlight: Structure and response


One of the basic concepts of getting reimbursed is that it’s not a single act, but a series of processes that proceed in a logical order, says consultant David Franklin. 

Sandy, waivers and red tape

Friday, November 2, 2012

As I was listening to the Nov. 1 call about waivers for Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP providers in New York and New Jersey, I couldn’t help but wonder how this all worked out the last time we had a hurricane that caused this much damage.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

Hold on to your seat!


The average reduction for seat cushions across the nine competitive bidding areas:

  • Standard power wheelchairs

K0734: 15.89%

K0735: 25.24%

K0736: 15.52%

K0737: 16.43%