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CMS stands ground on Round 1 re-compete


BALTIMORE – With CMS’s announcement last week of the timeline for the Round 1 re-compete, it's likely that recent unpopular changes to the program are here to stay. 

Homecare champions of excellence

Friday, August 17, 2012

I got to make a round of calls this week that I look forward to making every year.

I called three providers to tell them they have won the 2012 HME Excellence Award for Best HME Provider, Best Home Respiratory Provider or Best Rehab Technology Provider.

Storm chaser? That's me!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

In making cold calls over the past week or so, I've talked to several providers who've gone above and beyond in some pretty extreme weather situations. 


Competitive bidding: ‘We’re in a bog waiting for that score’

By Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – There's still no word on a score for the HME industry's market-pricing program (MPP) but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) appears to be working on it, stakeholders say.

Industry treads water on competitive bidding


WASHINGTON – As the summer heat drags on, so, too, do issues of importance to the HME industry. Chief among them: competitive bidding.

In brief: Lawmakers ask GAO to step in, Blum sends letter


WASHINGTON – A group of high-ranking lawmakers last week asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine whether audit contractors are working efficiently.

Remember IR? CMS sharpens price-cutting tool


BALTIMORE – CMS isn't stopping at competitive bidding to slash payments for diabetes supplies.

Fighting on the Hill for a bridge

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mobility stakeholders have spent a lot of time on the Hill lately. 


In brief: Stakeholders organize, OIG investigates


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders last week submitted comments to CMS outlining concerns with a recent wave of claims against surety bonds—some triggered by overpayments as low as $16. The stakeholder, which include the Wayne van Halem Group, U.S.

In brief: Providers report deactivations, House repeals device tax


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Some HME providers have had their Medicare supplier numbers deactivated during the revalidation process, AAHomecare reported last week.