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Nowhere to hide: Reimbursement cuts multiply

‘We cannot survive’ wrote one poll respondent

YARMOUTH, Maine – Third-party payers have wasted no time applying recently reduced Medicare pricing, respondents to the latest HME Newspoll say.

VGM launches impact survey


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has launched “The Supplier Impact Survey” to provide lawmakers on Capitol Hill with real-world figures on the impact of competitive bidding on HME providers and their patients.

Are you kidding me?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The disappointment was palpable on Friday, when word began spreading that the Senate had failed to pass a bill delaying a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts in non-bid areas before it began its long summer recess.

I received twitter messages with swear words.

Hard-fought bid delay fails


WASHINGTON – Congress has failed to pass a bill that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts for three months, until Sept. 30.

Lawmakers run with three-month delay


WASHINGTON – A bill passed in the House of Representatives last week that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts is going through a “hotline” process in the Senate, AAHomecare announced yesterday at 5:30 p.m.

AAH’s Tom Ryan: ‘We’re not there yet’


WASHINGTON – The HME industry may be up against its toughest challenge yet in its bid to slow down the spread of competitive bidding.

The great wall

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

If you follow me on twitter (@hmeliz), you know I gleefully announced yesterday that Associate Editor Tracy Orzel is back from her leave of absence, during which she walked the Camino de Santiago, a weeks-long walking pilgrimage across Spain.

Bid delay bill passes in House


WASHINGTON – Now that both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed bills to delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, lawmakers have to hammer out the details—and fast.

House to vote on bid delay bill


WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill this afternoon that would hit pause on a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts that went into effect in non-bid areas on July 1.

CMS suggests rewrites for bid program


WASHINGTON – A recently published proposed rule contains several tweaks to the competitive bidding program, a positive development for the HME industry, stakeholders say.

Among the changes: CMS wants to move the bid ceiling to the 2015 fee schedule amounts.