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VA, HHS partner on fraud prevention

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01/24/2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services and CMS are partnering to strengthen fraud prevention efforts.

Most read stories: Will 2018 be the year of widespread prior authorizations?

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01/23/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The big story in mobility for 2017 was CMS’s new prior authorization program for two complex rehab codes, K0856 and K0861.

Authorize this

Ins and outs of subcontracting

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01/23/2018

AMARILLO, Texas – Healthcare attorney Jeff Baird says no provider likes subcontracting agreements; nevertheless, there are a large number of them out there.

AAH sets sights on ‘sideliners’

Push for bid relief includes new Congressional Accountability Project
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01/19/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are casting a wider net for providers to build more support for a bill that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

In brief: Senate Finance Committee approves Azar, AASM recruits providers and patients

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01/19/2018

WASHINGTON – The Senate Finance Committee has approved the nomination of Alex Azar as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services by a 15-12 margin. The vote was split along party lines, with Democratic Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., joining Republicans.

Baird reviews ins and outs of subcontracting

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01/12/2018

Editor’s note: In last week’s HME Newswire, we ran the story, “Subcontracting exacerbates problems with bid program.” This is a follow-up.

In brief: Azar willing to work on HME, Permobil buys part of Ottobock

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01/12/2018

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has verbally agreed to work with congressional leaders to address issues that are negatively impacting the HME industry.

Azar willing to work on HME issues

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01/10/2018

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Serviecs, has verbally agreed to work with congressional leaders to address issues that are negatively impacting the HME industry.

CMS eases pressure on states, AAH says

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01/05/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has given state Medicaid directors more “open-ended guidance” for complying with a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act, AAHomecare reported Jan. 5.

Subcontracting exacerbates problems with bid program

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01/05/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Subcontracting may be black and white on paper, but in the real world, it can be gray, even now that competitive bidding has been the law of the land in major cities for years.

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