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Auction expert reacts to CMS’s proposed big changes

‘I get little comfort from knowing I was right’
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08/03/2018

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – When CMS outlined significant changes to its competitive bidding program in a recent proposed rule, one person came to mind: Peter Cramton.

In brief: Study details increased Part A costs, PE firm exits respiratory market

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08/03/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – A study sponsored by The VGM Group shows the cost shift that is happening as a result of reduced access to DME for Medicare beneficiaries.

Study details increased Part A costs due to bid program

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07/31/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has added a study that shows the cost shift that is happening as a result of reduced access to DME for Medicare beneficiaries to its lobbying toolbox.

A more relaxed Stark Law?

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07/30/2018

WASHINGTON – A more relaxed Stark Law could be a double-edged sword for HME providers, says healthcare attorney Jeff Baird.

Is lobbying lethargy setting in?

Not so, says one respondent: ‘If we don’t drive change, nobody else will’
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07/27/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The results of a recent HME Newspoll show an industry divided over the benefits of lobbying, with one camp citing Medicare as a lost cause and another believing too much is at stake not to advocate.

In brief: West Virginia lawmakers go to bat for HME; Patientco, TwelveStone receive investments

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07/27/2018

WASHINGTON – A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency’s May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.

Moneyline: Patientco, TwelveStone receive investments; DME Express makes buy

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07/26/2018

ATLANTA – Patientco, a patient billing and payment technology company, has raised $28 million in Series B growth capital.

West Virginia lawmakers go to bat for HME

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07/25/2018

WASHINGTON – A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency’s May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.

Budget neutrality wreaks more havoc in proposed rule

‘CMS has dug its heels even deeper’ on the controversial offset for home oxygen products
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07/20/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS’s proposed changes to the home oxygen benefit would ding reimbursement for portable equipment and portable gas contents, as well as oxygen generating portable equipment (OPGE).

B&F’s Bachenheimer unpacks proposed bidding methodology

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07/20/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS’s recently issued proposed rule proposes two key improvements for the competitive bidding program: lead item pricing and clearing price to establish the single payment amounts (SPAs).

Lead item pricing

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