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In brief: Inconsistencies in bid program, Trump’s new HHS nominee

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11/16/2017

BALTIMORE – CMS did not always follow its own procedures and federal requirements for awarding competitive bidding contracts consistently, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Bid relief bill drops

Industry races to rack up co-sponsors
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11/06/2017

WASHINGTON – It’s official: A bill that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

Always the easy target

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Boston TV station recently ran an “I-Team” piece on a man who needed a brace after twisting his knee and who was charged nearly $700 for said brace by a local supply company because he hadn’t met his deductible.

Statistics, silver linings, no sense

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Friday, October 20, 2017

I’ve had a few conversations now where the people I’m talking to try to find the silver lining in the statistic that the number of DME locations has dropped about 40% since 2013, when Medicare’s competitive bidding program began to really gain steam.

Access survey slams bid program

‘This report empirically validates the problems we have been experiencing with the competitive bidding program for the past several years’
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10/11/2017

WASHINGTON – More than 60% of case managers report an increase in the number of Medicare beneficiaries who have developed medical complications, received emergency care or were readmitted to a hospital due to issues related to obtaining proper and/or timely access to DME, according to a final report from Dobson DaVanzo & Associates.

Stakeholders take stock in wake of Price’s resignation

‘While it does slow down our momentum, it will not stop us’
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10/06/2017

WASHINGTON – Tom Price’s resignation from the Department of Health and Human Services shouldn’t have an impact on a pending interim final rule, industry stakeholders say. What’s lesser known: Whether it will have an impact on a final fix for the competitive bidding program.

Legal landscape: M&A, managed care top hot spots

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10/06/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – With increased complexity in the HME industry, comes increased legal ground to cover, say healthcare attorneys, particularly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, and managed care.

AAH, VGM respond to Price’s resignation

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10/03/2017

WASHINGTON – While the HME industry has lost a strong advocate in former HHS Secretary Tom Price, AAHomecare and VGM say they won’t be deterred in their fight to reform the competitive bidding program and address other issues.

Tom Price is out at HHS

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09/29/2017

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, a long-time champion of the HME industry, will resign effective 11:59 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 29.

Survey highlights broken Medicare system

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09/28/2017

WASHINGTON – More than three-quarters of case managers have experienced difficulties with the discharge of patients who need home medical equipment, according to the preliminary results of a new survey from AAHomecare.

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