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CMS announces improvements to PECOS system

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07/25/2013

WASHIINGTON – Various improvements, including validation checks, have been implemented for the Internet-based PECOS system, according to a CMS announcement.

Who’s left holding the hot potato?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A few weeks ago, a provider tipped me off that CMS had started recouping payments for Medicare beneficiaries who were in prison at the time of dates of service.

Lawmakers call on OIG to investigate competitive bidding

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06/24/2013

WASHINGTON – In a June 21 letter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, call on the agency to investigate the possibility that CMS deliberately overlooked its own rules when awarding contracts for competitive bidding, according to a press release.

Bills could deliver 'one-two punch' to bid program

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06/21/2013

WASHINGTON – A bill that would delay the expansion of competitive bidding could get fast-tracked through the House of Representatives, say industry stakeholders.

CMS decision on Tennessee sets precedent

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06/21/2013

WASHINGTON – It was a big win in the HME industry’s fight against competitive bidding when CMS disqualified one-third of the contract suppliers for Tennessee, but that’s not the only state with licensure issues, stakeholders point out.

Face-to-face rule will burden patients, say confused providers

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06/21/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – A resounding 95% of respondents to a recent HME NewsPoll say CMS’s new face-to-face requirement will significantly impact patient access.

In brief: Numotion launches repair program, senators seek more transparent Medicare program

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06/21/2013

ROCKY HILL, Conn. – Numotion will provide repairs to all former customers of Alliance Seating and Mobility who own their wheelchairs, the provider announced June 18.

Talk about value

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Friday, June 21, 2013

The home medical equipment sector needs to be part of the accelerating national conversation about healthcare costs, outcomes and value.

VGM testifies at small business hearing

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06/21/2013

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Ryan Ball, director of state policy at VGM & Associates, voiced concerns about Medicare’s competitive bidding program and its negative impact on small providers at a Small Business Administration (SBA) regulatory fairness hearing today (June 21).

AAHomecare, HME provider take CMS to court

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06/20/2013

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and Havre de Grace, Md.-based Home Mediservice have filed a lawsuit against Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), asking her to stop the July 1 expansion of competitive bidding because of “licensing irregularities.”

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