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PFQC: Is the GAO saying patients are lying?

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04/17/2014

WASHINGTON – Consumer advocates question the conclusions of a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that stated Round 1 of the competitive bidding program “did not appear to have adversely affected beneficiary access.”

OIG weighs in on CMS oversight of bid program

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04/08/2014

WASHINGTON – As part of the Round 1 of competitive bidding, CMS generally selected DMEPOS suppliers and correctly computed the sampled single payment amounts in accordance with its established procedures and applicable federal requirements, according to a

In brief: ICD-10 delay is final, patent case nears trial

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04/04/2014

WASHINGTON – President Obama has signed a “doc fix” bill that delays ICD-10 implementation for at least one year, until Oct. 1, 2015.

Bid program would save Medi-Cal millions, OIG says

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04/03/2014

WASHINGTON – Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, could have saved $3.9 million on standard power wheelchairs, oxygen systems and oxygen concentrators in 2011 by using a competitive bidding program, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found.

Letter sends ‘strong message’ about bid program

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04/01/2014

WASHINGTON – A letter urging CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner not to expand competitive bidding until the Office of Inspector Genera

ICD-10 delay heads to president

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04/01/2014

WASHINGTON – The Senate yesterday passed a “doc fix” bill that delays ICD-10 implementation for one year, until Oct. 1, 2015, according to news reports.

Industry pushes forward after disappointing vote

Good news: House ‘doc fix’ bill delays ICD-10 for one year
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03/28/2014

WASHINGTON – In a setback for the HME industry, the House of Representatives on March 27 passed a “doc-fix” bill that contains no amendments to fix the competitive bidding program.

Survey says: Providers criticize bidding, bundling

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03/28/2014

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group didn’t just submit its own comments to CMS last week on expanding the competitive bidding program nationwide. It also submitted the results of a survey completed by more than 850 members.

Stakeholders apply full-court press on bidding, audits

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03/25/2014

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, HME providers and state association leaders held congressional meetings in four states last week to discuss their concerns with competitive bidding and audits. In Bismarck, N.D., Great Plains Rehabilitation hosted events with Sens.

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