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In brief: OIG says access intact in bid areas, GAO says to extend prior auths

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05/25/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

OIG: Access to oxygen, enteral supplies not impeded

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05/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

GAO: Extend prior auth program

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05/23/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS should continue with its prior authorization programs and expand prior authorizations to include power wheelchair accessories, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Stakeholders: ‘We’re an industry living in crisis’

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05/18/2018

WASHINGTON – With the fate and details of the interim final rule no longer a mystery, stakeholders and their champions in Congress are putting their full weight behind H.R. 4229, a bill that would provide more broad-based relief in non-competitive bidding areas.

Extended bid contracts? ‘Either way you lose’

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05/18/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – If CMS decides to extend current competitive bidding contracts, a slight majority (53%) of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they would accept them—reluctantly.

In brief: Lincare settles, DME MAC highlights top errors

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05/18/2018

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Lincare will pay $875,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by employees whose information may have been exposed in a “phishing attack.”

Enteral nutrition, surgical dressings top error list

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05/15/2018

WASHINGTON – Enteral nutrition had the highest error rate (87%) from Targeted Probe and Educate audits in Jurisdiction D.

CMS rule falls far short of bid relief

‘We have to go back to Congress and tell them, you have to fix it’
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05/11/2018

WASHINGTON – The long-anticipated interim final rule landed with a thud last week, when it became apparent that it offered little in the way of bid relief, say industry stakeholders.

AAH pushes e-prescribing

‘It’s time for paper to go,’ says Kim Brummett
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05/11/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s goal for a new project evaluating e-prescribing platforms isn’t to provide a Good Housekeeping seal of approval, per se, but to raise the level of awareness and comfort surrounding the technology, says Kim Brummett.

SMRC: Noridian is in, StrategicHealthSolutions is out

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05/11/2018

FARGO, N.D. – Noridian Healthcare Solutions has taken over yet another CMS contract.

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