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President’s budget reins in DME spending


WASHINGTON – President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget includes proposals to limit Medicaid spending on DME and to ramp up Medicare fraud efforts.

Make sure states are accountable to federal policy


It is time for state Medicaid programs with an exclusion list to re-evaluate their policy before they find themselves in court.

In brief: GAO rejects protest, Hoveround lays off 20


NEW YORK – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied Rotech’s protest that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unreasonably ignored recent, relevant information when it decided Rotech wasn’t financially fit to win contracts to supply veterans with home oxygen equipment, Law360 reports.

Medicaid could have saved 23% by using bid pricing


BALTIMORE – State Medicaid programs could have saved 23%, or $62 million, if they had paid the median competitive bidding rates for incontinence supplies in 2012, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Nebraska: Providers fight to allow practitioners to prescribe


OMAHA – Providers rely on nurse practitioners to prescribe HME in many rural areas where physicians are hard to come by—but Nebraska providers have no such recourse.

Report: Roche nixes plans to sell diabetes business


NEW YORK – Drugmaker Roche Holding AG is pulling back from plans to sell its blood glucose meter business, Reuters reports.

Contract suppliers must be enrolled in Medicaid


WASHINGTON – Contract suppliers in competitive bidding areas can’t bill dual-eligible beneficiaries for co-pays if they’re not enrolled in the Medicaid program in the relevant state, AAHomecare has notified members in a bulletin.

OIG to NY: Establish bid program for diabetes test strips


WASHINGTON – The New York State Department of Health could have saved about $5.9 million by establishing a competitive bidding program for diabetes test strips like Medicare, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Beacon breaks ground


ELKHART, Ind. – Beacon Health System plans to begin construction June 12 on its new general home care building, according to an article from the South Bend Tribune.

Humana follows Medicare’s lead


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When it comes to the steep cuts Medicare plans to implement as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding, industry stakeholders have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.