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New national RAC for HME?

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08/28/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine – A tug of war between CMS and the RACs over planned changes to contingency fees could lead to a new national RAC for HME, says Andrea Stark.

In brief: Plaintiff reaches proposed settlement with Invacare, United Health dominates MA market

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08/28/2015

NEW YORK – The lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Invacare has reached a proposed settlement of $11 million in cash, according to a statement from lead counsel Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman.

Analysis reveals worsening appeals backlog

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08/27/2015

WASHINGTON – The wait time for DME appeals at the administrative law judge level has increased by nearly 25% during the first half of 2015, according to an analysis released by AAHomecare.

United Health dominates Medicare Advantage market

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08/25/2015

NEW YORK – There is little or no competition in the Medicare Advantage market in 97% of U.S. counties, according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund.

Texas: Surety bond issues galore

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08/25/2015

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Medicaid is deactivating some DME providers for not having a current surety bond on file, even though, technically, they do.

Stakeholders reject proposed misc codes

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08/25/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS’s proposal to revise HCPCS codes for miscellaneous DME, many used for wheelchairs, has stakeholders concerned over reimbursement. 

Consultant's corner: Analysis, leadership recommendations

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08/25/2015

Industry consultant Sarah Hanna has noticed a big difference in the types of calls she has received from HME providers in 2015 compared to 2014.

Lack of guidance on compliance leaves Rick Hibben wanting

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08/25/2015

Rick Hibben says the Health Care Compliance Association, a nonprofit which offers resources for compliance professionals, needs to provide DME providers more guidance when it comes to creating compliance programs.

Templates ease documentation burden, respondents say

But misconception that they’re not allowed remains
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08/21/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine – Template has long been a dirty word in the HME industry, but as health care shifts toward paperless, HME providers are now playing catch up.

In brief: Apria goes big for PERS, Drive buys HurryCane

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08/21/2015

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare has expanded an agreement to offer PERS devices.

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