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Texas: MESA offers alternative to bidding

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01/23/2011

AUSTIN, Texas – The Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (MESA) is about to find out if state officials meant it when they said they were open to an alternative proposal to competitively bidding incontinence supplies.

Take overpayments seriously

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08/26/2010

DME suppliers now must report and return identified Medicare and Medicaid overpayments under the new health reform law. Section 6402 of the health reform law requires anyone receiving a Medicare or Medicaid payment to which they are not entitled to report and return overpayments within 60 days of identifying the overpayment. Cost report providers are allowed 60 days from the date the applicable cost report is due.

New Hampshire: Medicaid looks to drop cost-plus

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08/26/2010

New Hampshire may be the "granite state," but fortunately for providers here, recent Medicaid cuts weren't set in stone.
In mid-June, the state rescinded cuts that went into effect April 1 on most HME products. Those cuts, which were made without notifying providers, slashed Medicaid reimbursement by about 20% across the board.

Missouri

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07/22/2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The state’s Medicaid program made the following offer to HME providers in June: Come up with a way to slash $4.8 million from your budget and we won’t reduce reimbursement to 80% of the Medicare allowable.

Iowa

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07/22/2010

DES MOINES – A handful of dedicated providers here successfully beat back a proposal to competitively bid HME and supplies in June.

Medicaid relents on stander accessories

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07/22/2010

ATLANTA - It seems like, even when rehab providers here make progress, it's often a good-news, bad-news scenario.

'I am so happy I could cry'

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Monday, June 28, 2010

In the July issue, I wrote a story about how the New Hampshire Medicaid program had moved to a cost-plus 10% instead of a cost plus 30% method of paying for certain home medical equipment.

California

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06/22/2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in May issued a revised state budget for 2010-2011 that proposes capping spending for DME to about $1,800 per Medi-Cal recipient per year.

Idaho

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06/22/2010

BOISE, Idaho - The state's Medicaid program, among other things, froze payments to home medical equipment providers for three weeks in June as a way to end its fiscal year in the black.

New Jersey

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06/22/2010

TRENTON, N. J. - Providers here got thrown for a loop when the state announced it would reinstitute a prior authorization (PA) process for incontinence supplies–and gave them only three week's notice.

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