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Study details increased Part A costs due to bid program

July 31, 2018HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group has added a study that shows the cost shift that is happening as a result of reduced access to DME for Medicare beneficiaries to its lobbying toolbox.The VGM-sponsored study by Leitten Consulting shows that:Fall-related injuries due to failure to provide needed mobility equipment results in a cost shift of between $4,705 and $5,029;COPD-related exacerbations due to failure to provide supplemental oxygen therapy results in a cost shift of about $14,350; andOSA-related...

Access, Bid Program, Cost Shift, Leitten, VGM

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MedPAC to CMS: Shift more products into bid program

November 22, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee made payment policy recommendations for non-competitively bid DMEPOS during a meeting earlier this month, according to Epstein Becker & Green, a healthcare law firm. MedPAC plans to recommend that CMS shift more products away from the “excessive” fee schedule to bid rates. It also plans to call for “immediate reduced payment rates for certain non-CBP products while CMS works on incorporating them into the CBP,” the law firm...

Bid Program, MedPac, Payment policy

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On the Editor's Desk

These graphs speak for themselves

June 14, 2016Liz Beaulieu, Editor

I was putting the finishing touches on our Databank page for the July issue this morning, and the updates to the Medicare Market Marker hit me like a ton of bricks. The marker, in case you don't know, is where we keep track of the number of allowed beneficiaries for five popular DMEPOS products: E1390 (oxygen concentrator), E0260 (semi-electric hospital bed), E0601 (CPAP), K0001 (standard wheelchair) and K0823 (power wheelchair). We track the data using line graphs, giving you one month of new data...

Bid Program, Data, Impact, utilization

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Bid program: Senate letter creates opportunity

May 16, 2014Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Thirty-one senators, as of press time on Friday, had signed a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking her not to expand the competitive bidding program until the Office of Inspector General completes an investigation of Round 2.“We are seeing results,” said Jay Witter, vice president of government affairs for AAHomecare.CMS in February published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comments on developing a methodology to apply bid rates to non-bid...

Bid Program, senate support

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