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HHS releases physician pay data

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04/10/2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has released data on the services physicians provide to Medicare beneficiaries and how much they are paid.

CMS targets 12 new states for PMD demo

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04/04/2014

WASHINGTON – The PMD demo is about to get bigger.

CMS issues face-to-face reminder to docs

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02/27/2014

BALTIMORE – CMS has released a “Dear Physician” letter reminding doctors they must conduct face-to-face examinations within six months of ordering certain DME items prescribed on or after July 1, 2013.

WOPD: Stakeholders still seek clarification on key issues

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02/07/2014

BALTIMORE – CMS began enforcing the written order prior to delivery (WOPD) requirement on Jan. 1, and providers, for the most part, say they’re on top if it.

Billing report finds spike in PAP use

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02/07/2014

WASHINGTON – The number of beneficiaries receiving PAP devices for a one-year time period grew 13%, while the total number of beneficiaries receiving all DMEPOS items during the same period fell 1%, according to a recently released comparative billing report.

CMS didn’t think through capped rental change, providers say

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01/31/2014

WASHINGTON – The day-to-day reality of providing certain complex rehab equipment as capped rental items is unrealistic, providers say.

In brief: GAO rejects protest, Hoveround lays off 20

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01/31/2014

NEW YORK – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied Rotech’s protest that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unreasonably ignored recent, relevant information when it decided Rotech wasn’t financially fit to win contracts to supply veterans with home oxygen equipment, Law360 reports.

CMS repairs web glitch

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01/27/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – CMS has corrected an issue in the DME MAC claim system that had been affecting processing, CGS said in a Jan. 24 bulletin.

PECOS preparation pays off, providers say

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01/24/2014

WASHINGTON – CMS on Jan. 6 officially began denying claims with the names of physicians not enrolled in PECOS, and providers say so far, so good.

OIG to CMS: Review oversight process for CERT

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01/20/2014

BALTIMORE – The error rate reduction plans of Medicare claims administrator contractors are not always relevant to CERT results and vary substantially in number, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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