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OIG report is ‘slap on the wrist,’ providers say


YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent report on unlicensed suppliers receiving bid contracts re-opened old wounds for providers, who say it amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for CMS.

Georgia passes licensure requirement


ATLANTA – Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate have passed a bill that establishes a licensure requirement for DME suppliers.

OIG report finds some contract suppliers did not meet all licensure requirements


WASHINGTON – A significant chunk of Round 2 contract suppliers did not meet all licensure requirements, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Arkansas recognizes BOC for licensure


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Arkansas is the latest state to recognize Board of Certification/Accreditation examinations for licensure of providers in the orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic professions.

Technical difficulties, or as one provider called it, “CBIC/NSC Goofs”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

No sooner had I heard that CMS had sent out letters to providers asking them to review their bids as part of the Round 2 re-compete had I started hearing of issues.

CMS on notice to follow licensure rules


WASHINGTON – While most of the attention on recently passed legislation has focused on binding bids, another provision aimed at improving the competitive bidding program has essentially already taken effect: licensure.

Bill paves way for oxygen providers


MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that allows HME providers to provide home oxygen therapy without a pharmacist on staff.

Lawmakers introduce bid bill


WASHINGTON – Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and John Larson, D-Conn., have introduced a bill that would require providers to obtain bid bonds as part of future rounds of competitive bidding.

Maryland streamlines DME licensure requirements


ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland lawmakers have passed a pair of bills to remove the pharmacy licensure requirement for DME, the Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association (MNCHA) announced April 8.

Bidding update: Capacity, licensure


BALTIMORE – The financial capacities that contract suppliers submitted as part of their bids don’t hold much weight, based on new guidance from the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC).