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A sad day for CMS

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Friday, January 29, 2016

It was my turn this Tuesday to write up some briefs for the Also Noted section of our website. (In case you don’t know already, we update this section with news almost every day—check it out while you eat your lunch!)

Stakeholders push for payment freeze

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01/28/2016

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are shifting gears in their fight against Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Industry regroups on bid relief

‘We’ll live to fight next year’
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12/18/2015

WASHINGTON – The HME industry took a blow last week when competitive bid legislation was left out of an omnibus spending package, but stakeholders are already regrouping.

Stakeholders throw Hail Mary to protect accessories

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12/18/2015

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders have successfully staved off CMS's plan to apply competitive bid pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs for at least one year.

Why so interested in HME?

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Friday, December 11, 2015

I’ve never fielded as many calls from private equity, investment and consulting firms as I have in the past two weeks. Ask Managing Editor Theresa Flaherty.

What do they all want to know?

Rural residents will have to travel dozens of miles for HME

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12/11/2015

WATERLOO, Iowa – Residents in rural states will have to travel further to reach an HME provider when Medicare applies competitive bid pricing nationwide on Jan.

CMS releases fee schedule amounts for rural areas

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11/24/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS has released revised fee schedule amounts for 11 product categories as part of its national roll out competitive bidding on Jan. 1.

Rep. Tipton throws support behind rural providers

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11/05/2015

WASHINGTON – Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is collecting signatures for a “Dear Colleague” letter that asks for legislative relief from impending Medicare cuts for HME providers in rural areas, VGM announced yesterday.

What will Round 2 re-compete look like?

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10/30/2015

ATLANTA – Mark Higley laid to bare his predictions for the upcoming Round 2 re-compete during a session at Medtrade last week.

Stakeholders make progress on bidding relief

Democratic co-sponsor, Senate lead have signed on
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10/30/2015

ATLANTA – A bill that would soften the blow of the national expansion of competitive bidding is coming, AAHomecare officials told Medtrade attendees last week.

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