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Mike Ballard's prediction: PWC utilization will drop

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08/26/2010

ike Ballard, president of National Seating & Mobility (NSM), doesn't have a problem with the competitive bid amount for a standard power wheelchair: $2,554, about 30% below the current Medicare allowable. But he still didn't accept the contracts he was offered for that product category in four of the nine competitive bidding areas.

Is it happening already?

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08/26/2010

Provider Rick Perrotta says his wheelchair business is down about 30% for the first four months of this year compared to last year, but he's not sure why.

Take overpayments seriously

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08/26/2010

DME suppliers now must report and return identified Medicare and Medicaid overpayments under the new health reform law. Section 6402 of the health reform law requires anyone receiving a Medicare or Medicaid payment to which they are not entitled to report and return overpayments within 60 days of identifying the overpayment. Cost report providers are allowed 60 days from the date the applicable cost report is due.

Readers to Mike Moran: Not so fast

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08/26/2010

Would it be totally off the wall to suggest that Medicare remove a bunch of HME products from the fee schedule? I’m not talking about oxygen and power wheelchairs and some of the bigger more expensive items that some seniors (but certainly not all) might have trouble paying for. I’m talking about stuff that could be considered a commodity. Things like walkers, commodes, cane handgrips, bedside rails, trays. That kind of stuff.

Some relationship advice for CMS

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08/26/2010

Did you see the July 16 edition of "Mobility Matters," the bulletin that AAHomecare publishes to educate lawmakers and policymakers, among others, on the power mobility benefit?

When it comes to the bid, try not to lose sleep over the nutjobs

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Like other providers who submitted bids in Round 1.2 of competitive bidding, provider Randy Freeman, of Mediwell in Forth Worth, was feeling a little nervous yesterday.

"I had confidence last time," he said. "Now I am real concerned with where some of the nutjobs are going to bid."

Orange juice and understanding in the dead of night

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A common theme comes up when talking to providers about diabetes patients and the competitive bidding program: I hear frequently about how this population of patients is typically the neediest, in terms of care and instruction.

In brief

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05/24/2010

In its Mobility Matters bulletin to lawmakers in April, AAHomecare blasts Medicare for not only denying a mobility claim for a double amputee but also targeting him for a neglect investigation.

Infusion industry marches on

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05/24/2010

The recently passed healthcare reform bill did not include Medicare coverage for home infusion therapy, but industry stakeholders say they still have fight in them.

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