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On the state front lines


YARMOUTH, Maine – Rose Schafhauser and Beth Bowen both manage multiple state and regional HME associations and had to cancel popular events in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Minnesota backpedals on incontinence program


SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s Department of Human Services has tabled its plan to implement a preferred provider program for incontinence supplies after MAMES was granted a temporary restraining order on Aug. 24, according to a press release.

MAMES provides wrap up


DES MOINES, Iowa – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment & Supplies drew its largest crowd for its most recent spring conference since 2011.

Home mods providers now have nat’l org


DULUTH, Minn. – In another nod that it’s a specialized but growing market, the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services has opened up its Home Modification Accessibility Committee to providers nationwide.

Bid bill update: Co-sponsors pile on


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have kicked efforts to gather co-sponsors for H.R. 4229 into high gear and have no plans of slowing down, they say.

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.