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In brief: CBIC seeks ‘substantiation’ letters, Apria responds to wildfires

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11/08/2019

WASHINGTON –The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor has sent notices to bidders asking them to substantiate their bids, VGM reports.

Financial results: Invacare on track, Insulet raises outlook

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11/07/2019

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare reported net sales of $235.8 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to $244.6 million for the same period last year. Net loss was $8 million vs. $12 million.

Round 2021: CBIC seeks ‘substantiation’ letters, CMS solicits comments on communication

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11/07/2019

WASHINGTON –The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor has sent notices to bidders asking them to substantiate their bids, VGM reports.

OIG to CMS: Adjust payments for orthotic devices

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11/05/2019

WASHINGTON – Medicare allowable amounts for certain orthotic devices are not comparable with payments made by select non-Medicare payers, according to the Office of Inspector General.

In brief: CMS publishes final rule, Rotech taps $50M for acquisitions

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11/01/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS on Thursday afternoon released an ESRD final rule that establishes a permanent home infusion therapy benefit in 2021 and establishes a methodology for establishing fee schedules for new DMEPOS items.

Competitive bidding ombudsman reports on complaints

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11/01/2019

WASHINGTON – The Competitive Acquisition Ombudsman recently published a report to Congress on concerns with the program, including beneficiary access.

CMS issues final ESRD rule

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10/31/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS on Thursday afternoon released an ESRD final rule that establishes a permanent home infusion therapy benefit in 2021 and establishes a methodology for establishing fee schedules for new DMEPOS items.

Q&A: Atty Matthew Fischer on appeals

Perfect storm of incentives, recoupments
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10/28/2019

MIAMI – Matthew Fischer, a former senior attorney adviser for the Office Medicare Hearings and Appeals, has seen the ugliness of the appeals backlog from the inside.

Providers place value on non-clinical staff

‘Excellent customer service is a must’
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10/25/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine – The vast majority of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll said they pay non-clinical staff more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

In brief: CMS downplays vent concerns, NSM and BraunAbility partner on education

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10/25/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS says it has safeguards in place to protect beneficiary access to non-invasive ventilators during Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

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