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In brief: AAH tallies impact of Cures provision, MACs drop revised CMN requirement

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05/04/2018

WASHINGTON – The Medicaid programs of 11 states have indicated that they will be changing their fee schedules to match Medicare’s, AAHomecare reports.

Bid relief: Sen. Hatch calls for action

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05/04/2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, has written a letter to HHS and CMS urging them to provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, the VGM Group reports.

AAHomecare tallies impact of Cures provision

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05/04/2018

WASHINGTON – The Medicaid programs of 11 states have indicated that they will be changing their fee schedules to match Medicare’s, AAHomecare reports.

DME MACs: Revised CMNs aren’t necessary

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04/30/2018

WASHINGTON – The DME MACs have rescinded part of their updated guidance for the oxygen CMN.

Round 2019: Plenty of questions, still no answers

‘I need to decide what my next move is,’ says one contract provider
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04/27/2018

WASHINGTON – With only seven months to go until the current competitive bidding contracts expire across the country, HME providers are getting antsy for information on Round 2019.

In brief: Outdated tech a pain for wheelchair users, NSM makes buy

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04/27/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Nine out of 10 wheelchair users in the U.S. experience pain as a result of their device, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by ComRes for the Toyota Mobility Foundation, polled wheelchair users in five countries.

Reporter’s notebook: Lieber’s list

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04/23/2018

Because the response to a recent HME Newspoll was so paltry (See “Goal for 2018: ‘Make money, not lose it,’ March 2018), I called Miriam Lieber to find out what providers could be doing differently with their businesses this year.
Willing to take risks

CMS adds templates for RADs, PAPs and vents

Of the three, RADs top the improper payment rate at 63%
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04/20/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS unveiled the first drafts of clinical templates for respiratory-related items at a Special Open Door Forum April 19.

Stakeholders fear QIC switch

‘It could exacerbate the situation at the ALJ, which is already untenable’
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04/20/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Stakeholders are not happy that C2C Innovative Solutions appears to be losing its gig as the Qualified Independent Contractor for HME.

In brief: Mulvaney comments on IFR, AAH plans response to tariffs

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04/20/2018

WASHINGTON – Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said last week that the agency is working to release an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, but he gave no timeline for when that might happen.

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