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State news: Illinois targets MCOs, Minnesota gets approval from judge

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09/14/2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Proponents say a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives that would address reimbursement cuts for home medical equipment and supplies is critical as more and more payers offer below-Medicaid rates.

In brief: Stakeholders now await final rule on bidding, MedPAC comments on proposed changes

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09/14/2018

WASHINGTON ­– A CMS proposed rule that, among other things, outlined changes to the competitive bidding program drew 514 comments by a Sept. 10 deadline.

Stakeholders now await final rule

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09/13/2018

WASHINGTON – A CMS proposed rule that, among other things, outlined changes to the competitive bidding program drew 514 comments by a Sept. 10 deadline.

In brief: Group wants liquid oxygen out, ASAA pushes for progress in sleep apnea treatment

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09/07/2018

WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 patient and physician groups is asking CMS to remove liquid oxygen from its competitive bidding program.

Coalition wants liquid oxygen out of bid program

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09/07/2018

WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 patient and physician groups is asking CMS to remove liquid oxygen from its competitive bidding program.

In brief: GAO reports on bid program, Lifeway Mobility receives investment

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08/31/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Electronic documentation: VGM gets to work

‘More and more companies are making the switch’ says Ronda Buhrmester
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08/29/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – A CMS work group on electronic medical documentation could go a long way toward relieving one of the HME industry’s biggest pain points: better documentation, says the VGM Group’s Ronda Buhrmester.

GAO sides with CMS on impact of bid program

‘However, some effects may take longer to appear, underscoring the importance of CMS’s continued monitoring activities’
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08/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Comments in hand, industry ready to roll on broader relief

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders feel they have a “fair shot” at getting broader reimbursement relief for HME providers in all non-competitive bidding areas, rather than in the limited areas proposed by CMS.

In brief: AAH comments on Stark Law, resupplies; Lincare settles

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare emphasized the importance of coordinated care in its comments to CMS on possibly relaxing the Stark Law.

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