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Industry gets assurance that bid relief is forthcoming

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09/30/2016

WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders have House Speaker Paul Ryan’s word that Congress will take up legislation that would retroactively delay a recent reimbursement cut in non-competitive bidding areas in a lame-duck session after the elections.

Stakeholders take aim

‘I think an annual compliance requirement would probably be sufficient,’ says AAH’s Laura Williard
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09/30/2016

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders hope a recent meeting will open up a dialogue between Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and CPAP providers who have concerns with some of the insurer’s requirements.

In brief: Stakeholders explore new models of respiratory care, House passes bill to create standards for auto adaptive equipment

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09/30/2016

WASHINGTON – Respiratory stakeholders have begun work to develop outcomes-based care models.

Stakeholders develop chronic respiratory care model

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09/29/2016

WASHINGTON – Respiratory stakeholders have begun work to develop outcome-based care models.

Vents: Stakeholders disagree on way forward

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09/23/2016

WASHINGTON – Despite widespread agreement that the ventilator product category needs major improvements, the HME industry is divided on how that should be done.

In brief: Report raises concerns, court pressures HHS

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09/23/2016

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers should heed the findings of a new report that raises concerns about the roll out of competitive bidding rates nationwide, says The Council for Quality Respiratory Care.

AAHomecare releases latest Audit Key results

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09/22/2016

WASHINGTON – The average percent of DME MAC prepayment audits denied nationwide increased 6% between Q4 2015 and Q2 2016, according to the latest results from AAHomecare’s HME Audit Key sur

Stakeholders detail ‘alarming’ situation in rural areas

Seek bill with non-HME pay-for to pass before Sept. 30
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09/16/2016

WASHINGTON – After a tough week in which CMS trumpeted its competitive bidding program for HME as having no impact on access, all the while creating significant savings, AAHomecare hit back.

TENS, CPAP devices see biggest hits in Round 1 2017

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09/16/2016

WASHINGTON – HME providers will see an overall reduction in Medicare reimbursement of 5.2% from the Round 1 re-compete to Round 1 2017, according to an analysis by AAHomecare.

Bid fight has new urgency

Payment amount for oxygen concentrators drops to an average of $77.97 in Round 1 areas
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09/09/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has delivered a one-two punch to the HME industry, with precious few days left to line up legislation to slow down the spread of competitive bidding.

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