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Court agrees broken appeals systems is unfair

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06/22/2018

DALLAS – A U.S. District Court’s recent opinion prohibiting CMS from recouping alleged overpayments from a provider going through the appeals process until after the administrative law judge level sends a strong message, industry stakeholders say.

Heard at Heartland: Engage your employees, leverage growing demand

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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – Whether it’s medical supplies or a hot dog stand, if you want to build a world-class company, your employees need to provide exemplary service, said keynote speaker John DiJulius at the Heartland Conference last week.

In brief: MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program, several DME product categories dropped from Trump tariffs

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06/22/2018

WASHINGTON – MedPAC’s June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare’s payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse.

Will HHS make changes to the Stark Law?

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06/21/2018

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services is asking for feedback on the physician self-referral law, known as the Stark Law.

Trump tariffs: Several DME product categories dropped

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06/21/2018

WASHINGTON – Efforts by AAHomecare and its manufacturer members to exempt several product categories from a 25% tariff on imported materials and products from China have partially paid off.

MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program

Commission says CMS has authority to include more products, like vents, in program
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06/18/2018

WASHINGTON – MedPAC’s June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare’s payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse.

Newspoll: Providers reconsidering credit card policy

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06/15/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Fewer than half (36%) of providers say they keep a credit card on file for customers but that may be changing, say respondents to a recent HME Newspoll.

In brief: CMS to allow use of IFR rates, ActivStyle boosts biz

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06/15/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has agreed that states can process claims using the higher fee schedule amounts for claims in rural areas from June 1-Dec. 16, 2018, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

Florida Medicaid: FAHCS lawyers up

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06/08/2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fearing another Univita debacle, the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services has retained legal counsel to ensure that the state’s Medicaid managed care contracts are aboveboard.

In brief: AAH reports drop in suppliers, Trustees report shaky finances

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06/08/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s latest analysis shows a 33% decrease in the number of unique traditional DME suppliers since the beginning of competitive bidding and a 31% decrease in the number of traditional DME supplier locations.

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