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CMS lowers interest rates


WASHINGTON – CMS has announced a 0.5% decrease in the interest rate on Medicare overpayments and underpayments, according to a recent AAHomecare bulletin.

PMD data not clear-cut, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – Spending on power mobility devices in seven states has dropped nearly 50%, from $20 million in September 2012 to $11 million in June 2013, according to a recent CMS update on the PMD demo.

DME MAC outlines provider responsibilities


WASHINGTON – CMS has yet to issue official guidance concerning abandoned oxygen patients, other than to say the new providers who pick them up can bill for new 36-month rental periods.

PMD demo: Spending plummets across the country


WASHINGTON – CMS has cut spending for power mobility devices by more than half since the PMD demo began, according to a Sept. 28 update.

Providers in bid areas see glitch in payments


YARMOUTH, Maine – Some providers in Round 2 competitive bidding areas (CBAs) say they’re running into trouble billing for complex rehab accessories.

Stakeholders rally to change face-to-face requirement


WASHINGTON – The delay in the enforcement of the face-to-face rule buys time for HME industry stakeholders to seek changes.

Survey: PMD repairs difficult to obtain


WASHINGTON – The results of a recent AAHomecare survey show fewer providers are repairing power mobility devices.

Bidding: AAH abandons lawsuit, lawmakers apply pressure


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has dropped its bid to stop competitive bidding in the courts.

Lawmakers support investigation into bid program


WASHINGTON – Lawmakers from Tennessee and Ohio have written to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), urging the agency to thoroughly investigate Round 2 of competitive bidding in their states.

Clock ticks on re-compete, investigation kicks off


WASHINGTON – Now that fall has officially begun, the HME industry’s collective eye has once again turned to the timeline for the Round 1 re-compete.