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‘Right this wrong,’ providers tell CMS

Callers to forum outline problems related to drastic rate cuts

WASHINGTON – From Martha’s Vineyard to the Pacific Northwest, rural HME providers are struggling to survive in a post-competitive bidding world, they told CMS officials during a call March 23.

‘Unreasonable’ audits crippling providers, SBA told


BOZEMAN, Mont. – The impact of audits and competitive bidding on rural providers was on the agenda at a roundtable held by the Small Business Administration yesterday.

Bid pricing could force hands of providers in rural areas

‘I’m already the last person standing’

YARMOUTH, Maine – If Medicare moves forward with plans to apply competitive bidding prices in remote areas of the country, providers there say they will have no choice but to stop accepting Medicare.

Bid expansion: Rural providers look ahead with trepidation


YARMOUTH, Maine – In its service area in Montana, Harrington Surgical Supply is often the only game in town.

Reporter's notebook: Hawaii's not paradise if you need HME


KAHULUI, Hawaii – When it comes time for providers here to say “aloha” to competitive bidding, provider Paul Gammie worries that service will become a thing of the past.

Five lessons learned from an HME newbie

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Travis Conn
Communications manager at Grace Healthcare

The following guest commentary expresses a few things that I have learned during my first six months in the HME industry. For some readers, what follows is surely well-known. Others may shake their heads in disagreement. But this commentary isn’t really for them.