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In brief: Bid relief, COVID-19 data, vent coverage, telehealth

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07/31/2020

WASHINGTON – A last minute push by HME providers boosted to 101 the number of signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Stakeholders issue last call for signatures

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07/30/2020

WASHINGTON – A last minute push by HME providers boosted to 101 the number of signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

State news: Hazard pay in Pennsylvania, growing threat in Minnesota

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07/29/2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Association of Medical Suppliers (PAMS) has helped to secure COVID-19 hazard pay for HME providers as part of the state’s grant program for frontline workers, AAHomecare reports.

CMS updates COVID-19 data

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07/29/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS paid $2.8 billion in Medicare fee-for-service claims for COVID-related hospitalizations, or an average of $25,255 per beneficiary, according to new data released by the agency.

Industry ramps up political pressure

Deadline for congressional letter is July 29
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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – A “Dear Colleague” letter making the rounds in the House of Representatives is the next step in trying to get CMS to use its authority to pause Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

A new, but temporary, era in audits

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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders now have a better idea of CMS’s plans for restarting program integrity activities on Aug. 3, but they still have questions, like what product categories will get audited.

In brief: PHE renewal, telemonitoring collaboration, WellSky investment

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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, signed a renewal of the COVID-19 national public health emergency on July 23.

Public health emergency renewed

Several relief efforts related to HME are tied to the duration of PHE
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07/23/2020

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, signed a renewal of the COVID-19 national public health emergency on Thursday.

Audits will not resume full bore

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07/21/2020

WASHINGTON – When program integrity activities resume on Aug. 3, CMS will not be auditing claims started during the public health emergency, industry stakeholders have learned.

AAH: Letter to delay bid program needs signatures

Reps. Rodgers, Loebsack worry about pandemic’s impact on capacity
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07/20/2020

WASHINGTON – Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, have released a “Dear Colleague” letter urging CMS to delay its competitive bidding program for one year or through the duration of the public health emergency, whichever is longer, AAHomecare reports.

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