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Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, GAO finds


WASHINGTON – The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased more than twice as much from 2012 to 2014 than in non-bid areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

GAO releases report on accessories


WASHINGTON – Accessories for complex power wheelchairs might account for a relatively small share of Medicare utilization, but they account for a much larger share of total spending, according to a highly anticipated report published June 1 by the Government Accountability Office.

GAO pokes holes in CMS’s MA audit program


WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Office isn’t pleased with CMS’s progress in recovering substantial amounts of improper payments from Medicare Advantage organizations.

GAO finds fragmented oversight of Medicaid


WASHINGTON – CMS needs to do a better job overseeing Medicaid managed care, the Government Accountability Office says in a report public released June 18.

New DME RAC program on hold


WASHINGTON – Performant Recovery has filed a Government Accountability Office (GAO) bid protest against CMS.

Audits: GAO weighs in on duplicative reviews


WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is calling on CMS to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its post-payment review efforts by providing contractors with additional guidance and more oversight.

Mobility stakeholders: Repair issues bigger than GAO says


WASHINGTON – The brief mention of repair issues in a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on competitive bidding doesn’t speak to the severity of the problem, say mobility stakeholders.

GAO supports delay in RAC fees


WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week signed off on Medicare’s plan to pay RACs for audits of hospitals only if a second-level appeals judge upholds their findings, according to news reports.

GAO analyzes bid program’s impact


WASHINGTON – The number of both beneficiaries and DME suppliers declined in Round 1 competitive bidding program areas in 2012, according to a new report issued yesterday by the Government Accountability Offic

In brief: GAO rejects protest, Hoveround lays off 20


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.