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Senators introduce bill to improve Medicare transparency

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06/19/2013

WASHINGTON – Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., are reintroducing a bill to make Medicare claims and billing data more transparent, according to a press release.

Texas provider sentenced in $6.7M fraud scheme

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06/19/2013

WASHINGTON – The owner and operator of a Louisiana-based HME company received a 97-month prison sentence for his role in a $6.7 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). On Dec.

VGM Group inks agreement with Benefits365

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06/18/2013

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has signed an agreement with Benefits365, a company that helps HME providers convert beneficiaries to Medicare Advantage plans, according to a press release.

Diabetes Care Club preps for national mail-order program

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06/18/2013

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – With the start date closing in on the national mail-order program for diabetes supplies, Diabetes Care Club is ramping up its operations and product offerings to prepare for an expected increase in patients, according to a press release.

Big Cs at Heartland: competitive bidding, change

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06/14/2013

WATERLOO, Iowa – The tide may be turning on CMS and its competitive bidding program, industry stakeholders told attendees at The VGM Group’s Heartland Conference last week.

'It’s quantum shift time,' analysts say

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06/14/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – A pair of recent M&A transactions on opposite coasts illustrates what analysts have long predicted: Competitive bidding will drive market consolidation, they say.

With prices on the downswing, companies need to build scale, say analysts.

Docs agree: Prescription process is burdensome

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06/14/2013

LEAWOOD, Kan. – A request from family physicians to simplify the Medicare requirements for diabetes supplies could ultimately help suppliers beleaguered by audits.

'We need to win'

Q&A: Robert Steedley, new chairman of AAHomecare
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06/14/2013

WASHINGTON – Robert Steedley, president of Barnes Healthcare Services in Valdosta, Ga., becomes chairman of AAHomecare at a time of change for both the HME industry and the association.

In brief: Complaint hotline goes live, walker use increases

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06/14/2013

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and People for Quality Care (PFQC) have partnered to offer a hotline number for Medicare beneficiaries to log complaints about their access to HME, according to a press release.

More lawmakers hold briefings on bid program

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06/13/2013

WASHINGTON – Members of two House committees—Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means—will meet today at 4 p.m. with representatives from CMS to discuss the competitive bidding program, according to a bulletin from the VGM Group.

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