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In brief: CMS releases adjusted rates, ResMed buys another software provider

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06/01/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS on May 25 published the adjusted reimbursement rates that will go into effect for seven months in rural areas.

Big difference between CBO, HHS estimates

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05/30/2018

WASHINGTON – Two government agencies have widely differing estimates on a proposal to expand and reform Medicare’s competitive bidding program, according to Inside Health Policy.

CMS releases adjusted reimbursement rates for rural areas

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05/29/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS last week published the adjusted reimbursement rates that will go into effect for seven months in rural areas.

Post IFR, stakeholders cast wider net for support

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05/25/2018

WASHINGTON – A major goal of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference last week was determining whether or not Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will continue to lead the HME industry’s bid relief efforts.

CMS taps CPAP, oxygen for documentation pilot

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05/25/2018

WASHINGTON – The ears of HME providers perked up during last week’s AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference, when CMS’s Melanie Combs-Dyer said the agency was working on a documentation requirement lookup service for prescribing providers.

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.

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