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Reporter’s notebook: Manufacturers hedge bets on capped-rental change

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05/23/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – What’s the impact on manufacturers of the transition to capped-rental status for certain complex rehab items?

So far, they’re hedging their bets.

Industry ‘ready’ for prior auths

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04/11/2014

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders support CMS’s plans to expand the PMD demo—with a few tweaks.  

“I’m all for it,” said Peggy Walker, billing specialist at VGM. “I’m ready for more prior auths.”

Industry pushes forward after disappointing vote

Good news: House ‘doc fix’ bill delays ICD-10 for one year
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03/28/2014

WASHINGTON – In a setback for the HME industry, the House of Representatives on March 27 passed a “doc-fix” bill that contains no amendments to fix the competitive bidding program.

Bid fix earns place in ‘doc fix’

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12/13/2013

WASHINGTON – The HME industry scored a small victory last week when an amendment to fix a problem with Medicare’s competitive bidding program was included in a markup of the “doc fix” bill passed by the Senate Finance Committee on Dec. 12.

CMS briefs lawmakers on bid program

There are ‘big signs’ of problems, stakeholders say
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11/22/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS told lawmakers during a briefing on Nov. 18 that they’re investigating reports that some contract suppliers are not servicing their entire bid areas.

PMD data not clear-cut, stakeholders say

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10/25/2013

WASHINGTON – Spending on power mobility devices in seven states has dropped nearly 50%, from $20 million in September 2012 to $11 million in June 2013, according to a recent CMS update on the PMD demo.

CMS on PMD demo: Denials increase, spending drops

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05/03/2013

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders say CMS’s recent update on the PMD demo doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Industry opens up multiple fronts against bid program

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03/22/2013

WASHINGTON – With a new bill for the market-pricing program (MPP) expected to drop soon, industry stakeholders are mulling another legislative tactic in the fight against competitive bidding: a delay in the implementation of Round 2.

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