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Stakeholders rally to change face-to-face requirement

October 18, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - The delay in the enforcement of the face-to-face rule buys time for HME industry stakeholders to seek changes.One change they'd like to make: A requirement that only physicians can sign off on the face-to-face exam and equipment orders. The requirement has caused delays in patient discharges.“It might be easier in cities where doctors are around all the time, but here, hunting down the doctor can be next to impossible,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive director of the Midwest...

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Medicare Advantage plan fastracks contract suppliers

September 27, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It may be only one Medicare Advantage plan in one state, but it's still a development that's dropping jaws in the HME industry.Two providers in Minnesota have notified the Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) that they have received a letter from a Medicare Advantage plan in the state that says it's only doing business with competitive bidding contract suppliers.“We're trying to get them to tell us their rationale,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive...

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