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Medicare official resigns


WASHINGTON –CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, announced she will be stepping down from her post next month in an email to CMS staff.

In brief: Gov’t delays hearings, Cardinal highlights AssuraMed


WASHINGTON – The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) will defer assignments for hearings—possibly up to 28 months, according to a recent notice.

Integrity director Budetti leaving CMS


BALTIMORE – Peter Budetti, the first director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity (CPI), is retiring. His last day with CMS is Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Reps. Thompson and Braley to hold press conference on Round 2 delay letter


WASHINGTON – Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, will hold a press conference Thursday, June 13, to increase the pressure on CMS to delay Round 2 of competitive bidding, according to a news release from AAHomecare.

Lawmakers pressure CMS on licensure issues


WASHINGTON – Amid growing concerns on Capitol Hill, CMS officials have been asked to report to Senate staff on Round 2 of competitive bidding at a briefing on Tuesday.

CMS flaunts fraud savings, revocations


WASHINGTON – CMS says its anti-fraud efforts in 2011 and 2012 have recovered more than $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud, judgments, settlements and administrative impositions, according to a press release.

Prosthetists criticize proposed template


BALTIMORE – A proposed clinical template for lower limb prostheses overlooks the way care is delivered, say industry stakeholders.

In brief: Lawmakers, stakeholders seek extended deadline for letter to CMS


WASHINGTON – With Congress on recess until June 3, industry stakeholders hope extending the deadline for a “Dear Colleague” letter will allow time to get more signatures.

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator


WASHINGTON – In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as the first full-fledged administrator for CMS since 2006, according to multiple reports. Senators voted 91-7 to back President Barack Obama’s nominee.

Senate panel backs Tavenner nomination


WASHINGTON – Marilyn Tavenner, Barack Obama’s nominee to oversee CMS, received the unanimous backing of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, according an article from Reuters.