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Providers running out of ways to make biz work


YARMOUTH, Maine – If a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts goes into effect as planned, a number of HME providers plan to stop taking assignment on certain products.

Medicare Advantage plan backs off


STILLWATER, Minn. – A Medicare Advantage plan in Minnesota that sought to do business only with contract suppliers from Medicare’s competitive bidding program has backed off.

Handi Medical gets therapists on record


ST. PAUL, Minn. – HME provider Handi Medical Supply in February gave healthcare professionals a chance to speak out against the effects of competitive bidding on Medicare beneficiaries.

Stakeholders warn state lawmakers on bidding supplies


WASHINGTON – A recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report calls on CMS to urge states to cut costs on incontinence supplies, and the agency agreed. Industry stakeholders warn that could lead to an expansion of competitive bidding.

Providers avoid shortened timeframe

CMS had wanted to require them to respond to initial documentation requests in 60 days

WASHINGTON – It looks like the timeframe for responding to initial documentation requests as part of the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program will stand at 75 days.

Stakeholders rally to change face-to-face requirement


WASHINGTON – The delay in the enforcement of the face-to-face rule buys time for HME industry stakeholders to seek changes.

Medicare Advantage plan fastracks contract suppliers


ST. PAUL, Minn. – It may be only one Medicare Advantage plan in one state, but it’s still a development that’s dropping jaws in the HME industry.