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Fingerprinting: New opportunity for ‘mistakes and delays’

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04/18/2014

WASHINGTON – HME providers who want to do business with Medicare will have to navigate through another layer of bureaucracy starting some time this year.

Providers put services on chopping block

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04/18/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – An overwhelming majority of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll (91%) said lower reimbursement has driven them to cut back on services over the last year.

The area where they’ve cut the most: deliveries (44%).

In brief: CMS awards new bid contracts, QIC overturns denials

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04/18/2014

HONOLULU – CMS has awarded new competitive bidding contracts to two local providers in Hawaii: Aloha Medical and American Home Care Systems. To date, just 13 of the 97 providers who accepted contracts as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding were located in Hawaii.

VGM uses OmniSYS to fight audits

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04/17/2014

WATERLOO, Iowa – A new deal will help VGM members respond to audits using OmniSYS solutions at a discounted rate, the companies announced April 17.

CMS readying for background checks

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04/16/2014

WASHINGTON – CMS is moving forward with fingerprint-based background checks for certain DME and home health and hospice providers.

Gov’t to Orbit Medical: We want our money back

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04/15/2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit against Orbit Medical and Jake Kilgore for allegedly altering and forging physician prescriptions and supporting documentation for power wheelchairs and accessories.

Reports offer little substance for HME industry

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04/11/2014

WASHINGTON – A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Round 1 rebid of competitive bidding “parroted” CMS, say industry stakeholders.

In brief: Sebelius steps down, QMES obtains financing

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04/11/2014

WASHINGTON – Kathleen Sebelius has resigned after serving five years as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sebelius resigns from HHS

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04/11/2014

WASHINGTON – Kathleen Sebelius has resigned after serving five years as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

QMES repositions with $50M in financing

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04/10/2014

NEW YORK – QMES, a distributor of DME in nine states, has secured a $50 million senior secured credit facility from CIT Corporate Finance, Healthcare.

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