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Minnesota: Tax on DME? In some cases, yes.


"In Minnesota, you could buy a $500 outfit and you wouldn't get taxed, but you could buy a $500 piece of medical equipment and you would," said Rose Schafhauser, executive director of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES). "When we've explained that, it has resonated with lawmakers."



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state has proposed transitioning most Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans, but such a move could shut HME providers out of the program, stakeholders say.

Tennessee: 'It's been very tough when you add up all these cuts'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After going the better part of 2009 without the state’s Medicaid program chipping in its usual 20% for dual-eligible patients, HME providers are getting somewhat of a reprieve.

New Hampshire: Medicaid springs rate cut on providers


CONCORD, N.H. – If only it was an April Fools’ joke. Providers here learned in late March that the state would slash Medicaid rates about 20% on most HME products beginning April 1.

A new spin on bidding

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I talked to a wheelchair provider in Texas last week who told me they have to participate in some kind of bidding system to provide wheelchairs to Medicaid recipients in a certain part of the state.

What'd I tell you about Medicaid?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I posted a blog last week about how just as many of you rehab providers complain about Medicaid reimbursement as you do Medicare reimbursement (with reason, of course).

Medicaid reimbursement: 'I've not seen it this bad'

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

There's a lot of talk about Medicare in the HME industry, but increasingly, when I'm on the phone with rehab providers, I'm hearing a lot about Medicaid. Here's the thing with Medicaid: It does what Medicare does then, usually, takes it up a notch. That's rarely ever good news for providers.

Not every cat has nine lives. And that's OK.

Monday, November 30, 2009

There was a reader essay in my local Maine Sunday paper yesterday: a goodbye to a "much-loved" cat. The cat, a 16-year-old Siamese, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Ohio bill backs prosthetic parity

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A bill making the rounds in Ohio would exempt prosthetics from the DME category and make private insurance companies provide the same coverage for limbs as Medicare and Medicaid.

Rep. Denise Driehaus, D, introduced HB 310 last week.

Open wide

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

If you want a visual reminder of how frustrating it is to be a rehab provider these days, check out the cover of the summer issue of Directions magazine published by NRRTS.