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In brief: GAO reports on bid program, Lifeway Mobility receives investment

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08/31/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Electronic documentation: VGM gets to work

‘More and more companies are making the switch’ says Ronda Buhrmester
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08/29/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – A CMS work group on electronic medical documentation could go a long way toward relieving one of the HME industry’s biggest pain points: better documentation, says the VGM Group’s Ronda Buhrmester.

GAO sides with CMS on impact of bid program

‘However, some effects may take longer to appear, underscoring the importance of CMS’s continued monitoring activities’
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08/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Comments in hand, industry ready to roll on broader relief

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders feel they have a “fair shot” at getting broader reimbursement relief for HME providers in all non-competitive bidding areas, rather than in the limited areas proposed by CMS.

In brief: AAH comments on Stark Law, resupplies; Lincare settles

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare emphasized the importance of coordinated care in its comments to CMS on possibly relaxing the Stark Law.

AAHomecare submits comments on Stark Law, resupplies

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08/23/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare emphasized the importance of coordinated care in its comments to CMS on possibly relaxing the Stark Law.

AAH responds to recent proposed rule

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08/21/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare argues that CMS should pay HME providers in competitive bidding areas a higher rate during an upcoming “gap period” in the program, according to comments submitted by the association this week in response to a recent proposed rule.

Expect shifts to Medicare’s provider base, poll respondents say

60% of non-contract suppliers, 33% of contract suppliers say they’re out
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08/17/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The majority of non-contract suppliers who responded to a recent HME Newspoll (60%) say they won’t try to pick up Medicare business starting Jan. 1, 2019.

In brief: VGM rolls out bid-related tools, CRT providers report reduced access

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08/17/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released an interactive tool that allows providers to assess what areas CMS has deemed bid, non-rural, rural and non-contiguous.

In brief: VGM tallies costs by region, Option Care debuts in Louisiana

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08/09/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released the results of a “Delivery Cost Survey” that puts into perspective how costly it is for HME providers to provide patients with the necessary equipment.

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