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Oncologix wins with EsteemCare


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Oncologix, a medical holding company, says it has seen increased referrals and revenue growth from its recently acquired subsidiary, EsteemCare, a DME company in South Carolina that is a Medicare contract supplier for respiratory products.

We have the answer to this $64 million question

Monday, February 2, 2015

Do you want to know what the regional pricing might look like under the national rollout of competitive bidding scheduled to take place Jan. 1, 2016?

Andrea Stark, a reimbursement consultant with MiraVista, can give you a pretty good idea.

Nurse advocates and secret buyers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

When we get started on a new issue, we spend a couple of days calling providers, consultants, attorneys…you name it. Not everything we hear makes it into print, but often what we hear is interesting nonetheless.

A good news week

Friday, January 9, 2015

I blogged last week about how the industry saw some good progress, but no resolutions, on its top issues of competitive bidding and audits in 2014.

Well, it’s off to a good start in 2015.

OIG adds fifth bid study


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has agreed to investigate the impact of competitive bidding on access to DME.

Back in July, 137 lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., asked the OIG to conduct the study.

Rip Van Winkle? Not so much

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

You’d think, after taking a three-month maternity leave, that I’d I feel a little bit more Rip Van Winkle about the HME industry.

The year in review: Bidding, bundling and a buyout


YARMOUTH, Maine – Although it’s nothing new by now, competitive bidding remains the biggest issue to stupefy and stymie HME providers, according to a list of the most read stories in HME News in 2014.

Senate companion bill introduced


WASHINGTON – Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ben Cardin, D-Md., today introduced a bill that seeks to improve Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

NewsPoll: Beneficiaries experiencing access issues

‘How is this acceptable?’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Nearly two years after the implementation of Round 2 of competitive bidding, and with the Round 1 recompete well under way, a whopping 95% of HME providers report they are still seeing beneficiary access issues.

Bid complaints go digital


WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care (PFQC) has moved beyond the spreadsheet to create an interactive, electronic map of Medicare beneficiary complaints from its national hotline.