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CMS backs unique device identifiers

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07/15/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has endorsed the use of unique device identifiers in billing records for medical devices, according to the Wall Street Journal. The ID numbers have been advocated by lawmakers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for years, but never by Medicare.

Study: Growth in healthcare spending lower than average

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07/14/2016

WASHINGTON – Total healthcare spending growth is expected to average 5.8% annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published July 13 by Health Affairs and authored by CMS’s Office of

CMS proposes bid surety bonds

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06/28/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS is seeking to require providers to obtain bid surety bonds, according to a proposed rule.

CMS awards 586 contracts in latest round of bidding

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04/28/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS named the contract suppliers for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding at 5:02 p.m. on Thursday.

AAHomecare offers input on O2 e-template

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03/17/2016

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare hosted a conference call last week with CMS, EPIC Software and an association member supplier to lay the groundwork for an oxygen e-template pilot program.

Prior auth response time not a done deal

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01/07/2016

WASHINGTON – HME providers can breath a little easier when it comes to CMS’s proposed time frame for responding to prior authorization requests, says AAHomecare.

OIG once again highlights savings associated with bid program

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10/08/2015

WASHINGTON – Four states could have saved an additional $12 million on certain DME items by using pricing comparable to Round 2 of competitive bidding and the national mail-order programs, according to a recent

Hospital group taps former CMS administrator as new leader

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07/16/2015

WASHINGTON – The board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans has elected Marilyn Tavenner, the former administrator of CMS, as its president and CEO.

Obama makes his pick for CMS administrator

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07/10/2015

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Andrew Slavitt as CMS administrator, according to news reports.

Slavitt has been acting administrator for CMS since Marilyn Tavenner stepped down in February.

CMS rethinks miscellaneous DME codes

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06/25/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS is proposing new codes for miscellaneous DME to reflect more accurate payment of Medicare claims.

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