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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.

James Rogers, a man with a story to tell

New president of ATHOMES wants to raise voice of HME
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10/18/2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – James Rogers is a retired CPA who got his start as a Medicare auditor, before becoming CFO, and ultimately, president of a chain of hospitals. Since 1992, he’s owned a number of home medical equipment companies.

In brief: HHS reports reduction in backlog, McKesson hosts roundtable

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10/18/2019

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has reduced the backlog of Medicare appeals at the administrative law judge level by 25% through June 30, according to a status report provided to a federal court and obtained by the American Hospital Association.

OIG to review PAP supplies, PMD repairs

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10/18/2019

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General has updated its Work Plan to include new reviews for PAP replacement supplies and power mobility device repairs.

HME News names new publisher

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10/17/2019
Sarah Flanagan

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME News, the leading news source for the home medical equipment industry, has named Sarah Flanagan publisher effective Nov. 4.

HHS reports 25% reduction in appeals backlog

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10/16/2019

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has reduced the backlog of Medicare appeals at the administrative law judge level by 25% through June 30, according to a

Event puts HME in front of influential senator

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10/11/2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A fundraising event for Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., netted nearly $17,000 for the senator’s campaign fund and gave HME providers a chance to re-engage with the longtime industry champion.

States continue to grapple with Cures Act

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10/11/2019

WASHINGTON – HME providers in California and Indiana have recently received reprieves from steep Medicaid cuts, but the discussion is going to be ongoing in those states and others as Medicaid programs still try to comply with the 21st Century Cures Act.

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