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On the Editor's Desk

Welcome to our world, hospitals

August 21, 2014Liz Beaulieu, Editor

The Open Door Forum yesterday was pretty much all hospice, all the time (Oasis, payment rates, cost report, cap survey), so you won't be seeing a story about it in HME News. But there was an interesting question asked during the Q&A portion of the forum that's worth mentioning here. Someone from a hospital called in to ask CMS officials why physicians are getting such detailed requests for documentation from DME providers. He said: “We're getting requests from DME providers for some level of...

Documentation, Education, Open Door Forum

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CMS schedules special forum on PMD demo

August 5, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum on Aug. 12 to allow DMEPOS suppliers and others to ask questions about the expanding PMD demon. The agency plans to expand the demo, which requires suppliers to submit prior authorizations, to 12 additional states on Oct. 1. The demo was first implemented in seven states Sept. 1, 2012. CMS previously held a forum on the PMD demo in June. This latest forum is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. To participate, call 800-603-1774 and use the ID...

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Special forum to address prior authorization expansion

June 13, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum on June 17 to discuss its plans to expand prior authorizations for PMDs to 12 additional states and to implement prior authorizations for certain DME nationwide. The forum will take place 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. To participate, call 800-837-1935 and use the ID 41801913.

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CMS: 'There's no specific proposal at this point'

March 7, 2014Leah Hoenen

BALTIMORE - CMS in February began taking public comment on how to expand competitive bidding nationwide, but not on the program itself, officials said during a March 5 Open Door Forum.During the Q&A portion of the forum, Kim Brummett, senior director of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare, asked if CMS planned to wait until the Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases a pair of reports on Round 1 and Round 2 of competitive bidding before issuing a proposed rule on expanding the program.Joel Kaiser,...

Bundled Payments, Comment Period, Competitive Bidding, Open Door Forum

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CMS offers grace period, providers still exposed

July 10, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BALTIMORE - CMS has implemented a 120-day grace period for obtaining documentation for CPAP devices and supplies in areas included in Round 2 of competitive bidding, officials announced during an Open Door Forum July 9.The move is in response to contract suppliers notifying CMS of their difficulty obtaining the required medical necessity documentation, which includes the doctor's order for a sleep study and a copy of the study.“Today, I would like to announce a transitional policy to facilitate...

Competitive Bidding, CPAP, Documentation, Open Door Forum

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Provide K0005? You'll need an ATP

August 23, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BALTIMORE - CMS officials don't believe their decision to lump in K0005 ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs with complex rehab wheelchairs will have much of an impact on providers. During an Open Door Forum Aug. 22, CMS officials clarified that K0005 wheelchairs are considered complex rehab wheelchairs and, therefore, providers must meet all quality standards and accreditation requirements for that product category. One of those requirements: having at least one assistive technology professional...

K0005, Manual Wheelchair, Open Door Forum

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On the Editor's Desk

No news is…good news?

May 29, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Does anyone listen to the Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forums anymore? We've been listening to them religiously over here at HME News, ever since I can remember. Usually, we rotate the duty among the three editors. We listen because we don't want to miss out on anything, but it turns out, for the last handful of forums, we haven't gained anything, either. The last time we wrote about a forum was in January of this year. We included a brief in our HME Newswire saying...

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What were you doing at 2 p.m.?

August 25, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

This afternoon, I was one of 223 listeners to the Open Door Forum. About a dozen listeners asked questions during the Q&A portion of the forum and only  two of those listeners were HME providers: Victor Lopez with Hartman Brothers and Kimberlie Rogers-Bowers with Apria. (If you want to find out their questions and CMS's answers, go here.) The forum, from start to finish, lasted little more than half  an hour. This makes me mad. Well, maybe mad is too strong a word. This makes...

Audit, CMS, Competitive Bidding, On The Editor's Desk, Open Door Forum, PECOS

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Executive Session

Who knew the RAC forum was such a hot ticket?

April 15, 2009Mike Moran

Anyone hear this message when they tried to dial into today's Special Open Door Forum on CMS's Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program: Monster move Cube movie "We're sorry. We have reached full capacity. Please check the Open Door Web site for further information..." We knew the forum had limited capacity, so we called in 10 minutes early. Apparently, that wasn't early enough. Brubaker The Prophecy trailer The Snows of Kilimanjaro movie download Young Frankenstein move Kiss Kiss Bang Bang...

Executive Session, Open Door Forum, Pro2 Respiratory Services

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