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AAH softens blow of Medicaid cuts


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has successfully lobbied the House Energy and Commerce Committee to delay the start date for a provision reducing Medicaid payments to 2020 instead of 2016.

CMS discriminates against doctors of podiatric medicine, council says


ATLANTA – The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a statement on Feb. 25 calling on Congress to enact legislation to recognize doctors of podiatric medicine as “physicians” in Title XIX of the Social Security Act governing Medicaid.

Medicaid fraud units secure thousands of convictions


WASHINGTON – Nationwide, Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) in 2013 secured 1,341 criminal convictions and 879 civil settlements and judgments in cases involving Medicaid fraud and patient abuse and neglect, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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.