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Stabenow, Lankford back bid bill


WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders have added two co-sponsors to a bill in the Senate that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts slated for July 1.

Senators push 15-month delay for upcoming bid cuts


WASHINGTON – Just days after CMS released new payment amounts for the latest round of its competitive bidding program, two senators have introduced a bill that would delay a second round of cuts planned for non-bid areas on July 1, 2016.

Industry regroups on bid relief

‘We’ll live to fight next year’

WASHINGTON – The HME industry took a blow last week when competitive bid legislation was left out of an omnibus spending package, but stakeholders are already regrouping.

Rep. Zeldin moves to protect accessories


WASHINGTON – Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., has introduced a bill that would prevent CMS from applying competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex power wheelchairs, AAHomecare and NCART announced today.

Congress looks to repeal medical device tax


WASHINGTON – A bill to repeal the medical device tax passed in the House of Representatives last week.

NHIA to Boehner: Don’t use ASP for home infusion drugs


WASHINGTON – The National Home Infusion Association has asked House Speaker John Boehner to drop a provision in H.R. 2570 that would change the payment structure for infusion drugs under the Part B DME benefit to an average sales price methodology.

Audit bill clears committee


WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process.

Audit bill gets mark up in Senate


WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will mark up a proposed bill to improve the Medicare audit and appeals process.

Blackburn’s bill seeks to expand prior authorizations


WASHINGTON – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced a bill last week that would require prior authorizations for high-dollar DME.

CMS has some explaining to do

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More than anything else, the binding bids language recently passed as part of the “doc fix” bill sends a strong message to CMS that its competitive bidding program, as currently structured, is majorly flawed.