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Medicare saves with HME, study says

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06/12/2014

WATERLOO, Iowa – Medicare sees significant cost savings when it preserves spending on home medical equipment, according to a new study unveiled at The VGM Group’s Heartland Confere

CDC: 9.3% of U.S. population has diabetes

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06/11/2014

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014 this week and it’s not pretty.

In brief: AAH collects funds, Senate green-lights HHS chief

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06/06/2014

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has kicked off a campaign to raise $250,000 in the next two years to develop and launch HME Audit Key, a tool to track audit activity.

Government overpays Medicare Advantage plans, report says

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06/04/2014

WASHINGTON – The federal government overpaid nearly $70 billion to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans between 2008 and 2013, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).

Stakeholders say prior auths need to be timely, efficient

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05/30/2014

WASHINGTON – Although industry stakeholders are still combing through a plan to implement a prior authorization (PA) process for certain DME, they think it could be a good thing—with a few caveats.

Managed care monopoly?

Stakeholders in Florida fight to make program more equitable
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05/30/2014

ORLANDO, Fla. – Industry stakeholders are taking issue with Univita Health’s role as both a third-party administrator (TPA) and HME provider in Florida’s transition to managed care for Medicaid.

In brief: PMD spending down, F&P earnings up

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05/30/2014

WASHINGTON – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) continues to fall nationwide since the September 2012 launch of a demo requiring prior authorizations in seven states, CMS says.

CMS: PMD spending continues downward slide

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05/29/2014

WASHINGTON – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) continues to fall nationwide since the September 2012 launch of a demo requiring prior authorizations in seven states, CMS says.

Alabama: Requirement gets physical

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05/23/2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – HME providers here in March hailed the passage of a bill that they say will protect Medicare beneficiaries from shoddy service.

Hawaii: CMS makes bid concessions

New contracts are step in right direction, say stakeholders
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05/23/2014

HONOLULU – With patients waiting weeks or months for equipment, Hawaiian healthcare providers have convinced CMS to award two additional competitive bidding contracts to island-based HME providers.

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