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Beth Bowen


Providers in NC to receive rate increase

November 1, 2023HME News Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. – HME providers in North Carolina will receive a rate increase for 13 products that equates to about $3.2 million more for their bottom lines over an eight-month period.  Members of ACMESA’s Medicaid and legislative committees and AAHomecare’s payer relations team have lobbied for the increase for two years, following the state’s decision to discontinue a 5% rate increase related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “ACMESA is thankful for the...

AAHomecare, ACMESA, Medicaid, North Carolina

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Andrea Stark


Medicaid disenrollment highlights need for increased automation

August 11, 2023Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – HME providers might feel like they’ve been “whipsawed” by the current Medicaid disenrollment, but there are tools and processes they can implement to continue business as usual, say industry stakeholders.  As of Aug. 1, 2023, states have disenrolled at least 3.8 million Medicaid recipients based on the most current data from 41 states and the District of Columbia, according to Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).  “There’s a lot of whipsawing...

Andrea Stark, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Medicaid

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OIG: More oversight needed of Medicaid managed care

July 20, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Some people enrolled in Medicaid managed care may not be receiving all of their medically necessary health care services, according to a new study from the Office of Inspector General.  There are three key factors causing concern, the OIG says: the high number and rates of denied prior authorization requests; the limited oversight of prior authorization denials in most states; and the limited access to external medical reviews.  What the OIG found  Overall,...

Managed Care, Medicaid, Office of Inspector General (OIG)

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Massachusetts Medicaid pays for wheelchair repairs 

July 5, 2023HME News Staff

BOSTON – The Medicaid program in Massachusetts has added new procedure codes and corresponding rates for shipping fees and wheelchair repair evaluation, according to NCART. The new codes and rates went into effect July 1. They are: Code A9901, $3, DME delivery, set up and/or dispensing service component of another HCPCS code.  Modifier U7: Used in conjunction with K0739 for direct service components when an in-person evaluation is performed for the repair of a mobility system RE-1...

Medicaid, NCART, Wheelchair

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Mickae Lee


NCART to Medicaid: ‘We can’t continue down this road’

June 30, 2023Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – NCART has officially put state Medicaid programs on notice that they should be following Medicare’s lead in implementing a reimbursement increase for complex rehab products and services.  NCART in June sent letters to state Medicaid programs, asking them to increase their reimbursement and to work with the organization and other stakeholders to develop policies that best serve people with disabilities.  “We’re putting a lot of focus on reimbursement...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Medicaid, NCART, Wayne Grau

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Wayne Grau

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NCART calls for Medicaid reimbursement increase 

June 26, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – NCART has sent letters to state Medicaid programs asking them to increase reimbursement rates for complex rehab technology products and services. The organization points out that CMS implemented a reimbursement increase for Medicare in January to address inflation. "CRT plays an irreplaceable role in maximizing independence, quality of life and community access for individuals with significant disabilities," says Wayne Grau, executive director of NCART. "We are calling on payers...

Medicaid, NCART, Reimbursement

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HHS announces Medicaid flexibilities as millions face dis-enrollment

June 13, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new flexibilities to help keep Americans covered as states resume Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) renewals.   Continuous Medicaid enrollment established under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on March 31, 2023, and millions of Medicaid beneficiaries stand to lose coverage in the coming months.  The new flexibilities were announced in a letter Secretary...


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Florida providers to receive ARPA funds

June 12, 2023HME News Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration will grant one-time payments to providers of home and community-based services including DME, calculated as a 19% increase based on Medicaid managed care claims paid from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. The relief is possible thanks to the funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which went into effect April 1, 2021. The payments do not require any application or reporting from eligible suppliers....

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Florida, Medicaid

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Andrea Stark


How to prepare for Medicaid dis-enrollment

June 8, 2023Andrea Stark

Continuous Medicaid enrollment established under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on March 31, 2023. I am sure I am not the first to tell you about the millions of Medicaid beneficiaries that will lose coverage in the coming months. Nonetheless, I hope I can offer a few insights to better prepare you for the ramifications of so many patients potentially changing coverage in a short period of time.  In exchange for a 6.2% Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)...

Andrea Stark, Medicaid

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Florida providers are in line for rate increase 

May 15, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – HME providers in Florida will receive a 7.5% increase to the Medicaid fee schedule, the first in 23 years, AAHomecare reports.  Additionally, the increase must be passed along from managed care organizations (MCOs), which manage 73% of the Medicaid population in the state, to providers.  "This rate bump will protect access to critical home care services and begin to relieve the financial stress on businesses in our industry,” said Crispin Teufel, CEO of Clearwater,...

AAHomecare, Florida, Medicaid

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