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CMS tosses docs a bone, makes HMEs fetch stick

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07/24/2013

CMS has passed a rule stating that most DME items require a face-to-face encounter with a physician, PA, NP or CNS for payment. The implementation of this rule has been delayed from July 1 to Oct. 1, but it’s worth reviewing and preparing for the rule now. 

Can contract suppliers turn away patients in bid areas?

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06/21/2013

For months now, we have heard Medicare competitive bidding Round 2 contract winners and non-contract winners, alike, ask if and how contract winners can turn away patients.

Goodbye NEMED

As association's name must be as relevant as the work it does
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06/21/2013

The New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) celebrated a milestone birthday recently: 25 years of service to our members in New England. It’s quite an accomplishment.

Inventory management for today's HME provider

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06/21/2013

When the topic of inventory is brought up within DME circles, the talk is often around the notion of “counting widgets” when, in reality, managing inventory is about much more than that.

Recovery audit contractors open to reason

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06/21/2013

MiraVista, in collaboration with providers of Group 3 products, successfully initiated discussions with the Jurisdiction C RAC, Connolly Healthcare, to secure modifications to a disruptive automated review.

Time to go big or go home

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06/21/2013

Industry stakeholders like to talk about how home medical equipment consumes such a small piece of the Medicare budget. I think the going rate these days is less than 2%. It’s crumbs, really.

Industry has a plan—it just needs to be heard

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05/24/2013

Editor’s note: This is an email that provider Patrick Naeger sent to the office of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., following the April 24 congressional hearing to review provider business practices and Medicare audits.

E-prescribing goes way beyond efficiency

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05/24/2013

For the past decade, I have been singing the praises of e-prescribing and electronic medical record keeping as important business solutions for DME/HME providers and physicians.

Leave need to the healthcare professionals

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05/24/2013

Conspicuously absent from the list of bid winners for Round 2 of competitive bidding is New Braunfels, Texas-based The Scooter Store, which has essentially closed. CBS News takes considerable credit for “exposing” the practices that led to an investigation.

Will merger renew interest in membership?

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05/24/2013

The announcement of the merger between AAHomecare and NAIMES was something I have been waiting to see. Everyone I have spoken to feels as I do, that the new association will be able to become the effective voice we need in Washington, D.C.

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