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KCI fights CMS’s decision

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05/24/2016

SAN ANTONIO – KCI may have not been awarded contracts for negative pressure wound therapy as part of the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding, but it’s not going down without a fight.

Stakeholders criticize shortsighted CMS

They say the agency’s data is ‘grossly inadequate’ to assess impact of bid program
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05/20/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS took too narrow a view when it analyzed the impact of new payment amounts for HME using only one metric, industry stakeholders say.

Providers appeal for help

‘They’ll miss us when we’re gone,’ says Karyn Estrella
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05/20/2016

PORTLAND, Maine – Providers from around New England took to the podium at a Small Business Administration hearing here last week, giving government officials and lawmakers an eye-opening look at what it’s like to be in the HME business right now.

HOMES members warn SBA panel on bid impact

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05/18/2016

PORTLAND, Maine – Karyn Estrella, executive director of the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England, and several HME providers from across New England testified May 16 at a Small Business Administration regulatory fairness hearing about the impact o

CMS: Data shows payment amounts not an issue

Providers are accepting assignment, so the reimbursement must be adequate, agency reasons
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05/18/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS announced this week that it believes reimbursement cuts implemented Jan. 1 in non-competitive bidding areas have not had a negative effect on beneficiary access.

Bid relief bill introduced in House

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05/13/2016

WASHINGTON – A highly anticipated bill in the House of Representatives that would delay an upcoming second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas has dropped with a bang.

'This is what needs to be written about'

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I had a provider email me this week who was asking if we could use our trusty HME Databank to show how the competitive bidding program has affected access to home medical equipment.

Bid bill on its way to House floor, VGM says

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05/03/2016

WASHINGTON – Longtime HME champion Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., will introduce a bill in early May to delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts in rural areas, according to The VGM Group.

CMS awards 586 contracts in latest round of bidding

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04/28/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS named the contract suppliers for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding at 5:02 p.m. on Thursday.

By choice or necessity

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Managing Editor Theresa and I were talking yesterday about the news that United Healthcare will be pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges in all but a handful of states.

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