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Round 1 2017: No lessons learned

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04/24/2015

BALTIMORE – Despite widespread concerns and a new law that will eventually require modifications to the program, the next phase of competitive bidding mostly mirrors the recently completed Round 2 re-compete.

CMS has some explaining to do

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than anything else, the binding bids language recently passed as part of the “doc fix” bill sends a strong message to CMS that its competitive bidding program, as currently structured, is majorly flawed.

Great debate: To niche or not?

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04/10/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers have long debated whether it’s best to specialize or diversify, but these days, the 800-pound gorilla that is Medicare is driving those decisions, they say.

What’ll it be: Beer or wine?

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

With everything going on in Washington, D.C., these days, even for our little HME industry, is it any coincidence that AAHomecare has launched a Legislative Council?

Study outlines access issues for insulin pumps

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03/20/2015

CHICAGO – A recent survey by the American Association of Diabetes Educators found that beneficiary access to insulin pumps and supplies in Round 1 bid areas is “a little worse than expected.”

COPD Foundation, PFQC partner to ‘amplify patient voice’

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03/10/2015

WASHINGTON and WATERLOO, Iowa – The COPD Foundation has partnered with People for Quality Care, the advocacy division of The VGM Group, to protect access to home oxygen therapy for Medicare beneficiaries.

Oncologix wins with EsteemCare

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02/12/2015

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

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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

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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

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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.

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