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CMS awards 586 contracts in latest round of bidding


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Hospitals take up CMS on offer

Will HME providers get their chance?

WASHINGTON – Recent settlements of pending appealed claims between CMS and hospitals have given stakeholders hope that a settlement with HME providers is also possible.

CMS considers eliminating CMNs, DIFs


BALTIMORE – CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum call May 27 to discuss eliminating CMNs and durable medical equipment identification forms.

CMS: Audits, authorizations must be added to data warehouse


WASHINGTON – Contractors conducting pre-pay audits and prior authorizations are required to load that information into the RAC Data Warehouse, CMS has said in response to an AAHomecare inquiry.