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Contract providers receive termination letters

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06/26/2015

WASHINGTON – “Secret shopper” calls have lead to dozens of termination letters for contract providers, The VGM Group reports. Providers are receiving the letters after failing to respond to the calls.

CMS: An accessory is an accessory is an accessory

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06/19/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS is standing by its decision to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs.

How’s that for reason?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

While trying to parse together the news last Friday that CMS was dropping non-invasive vents from Round 1 2017, Managing Editor Theresa and I came to the conclusion that the agency figured out it needed to work out s

Study slams bid program, calls for suspension

Higher number of deaths, hospitalizations in test markets
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06/09/2015

BOSTON – A new study strongly disputes CMS’s claim that Medicare beneficiaries have experienced no disruption in access to diabetes supplies as a result of competitive bidding.

CMS overhauls vent product category

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06/05/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS announced on Thursday that it has dropped non-invasive vents from the competitive bidding program for Round 1 2017.

Technical difficulties, or as one provider called it, “CBIC/NSC Goofs”

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

No sooner had I heard that CMS had sent out letters to providers asking them to review their bids as part of the Round 2 re-compete had I started hearing of issues.

OIG report includes DME items

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06/02/2015

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General included in its semiannual report to Congress a recommendation that the New York Medicaid program could have saved an estimated

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.

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