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Small Business Committee goes to bat for HME

May 24, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The House Small Business Committee is asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for relief for HME providers.Committee member Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., is circulating a letter addressed to both Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, expressing concern with a 38% reduction in the number of HME suppliers since July 1, 2013.The letter seeks: additional resources to speed up fee schedule adjustments required by the 21st Century Cures Act; a delay in cuts that went back...

Bid Relief, Home Medical Equipment, Patrick Naeger, rural rollout

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Congresswoman releases support letter

May 18, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. R-Wash., is circulating a sign-on letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.The letter, which is also addressed to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, asks for reform in four key areas: relief for non-competitive bid areas; reforms to the competitive bid program; relief for CRT accessories; and the restoration of oxygen rates in rural areas.“CMS has continued to implement further reductions with very little regard to...

Bid Relief, CRT Accessories, Double Dip, Home Oxygen, rural rollout

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CMS data shows sharp decline in number of HME providers

April 27, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Nearly 41% of HME providers have dropped Medicare since July 2013, according to AAHomecare.That was when Round 2 of the competitive bidding program kicked off in 91 cities with an average reimbursement cut of 45%.Three states—California, New York and New Jersey—saw declines of more than 60%, while the District of Columbia saw a decline of 85.7%, according to data AAHomecare analyzed from the Medicare Supplier Directory.Bigger picture, the association found the total number...

aahomecare, Competitive Bidding, Home Medical Equipment, rural rollout

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CMS releases guidance on bid-rate relief

February 9, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Suppliers won't need to resubmit claims to get retroactive payment adjustments mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, according to guidance released today by CMS.The Cures Act, signed into law in December, rolled back cuts that went into effect in non-competitive bidding areas from June 30, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016, allowing providers in those areas to recoup six months worth of payments.In guidance released to the DME MACs, CMS said it will recalculate the fee schedule to extend the...

21st Century Cures Act, rural rollout

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VGM enlists hospital execs in fight against cuts

September 7, 2016HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group has drafted a letter for hospital executives to use to fight back against sweeping Medicare reimbursement cuts. With many HME providers unable to accept Medicare at the new payment rates that were phased in on Jan. 1 and July 1, hospitals will likely have a difficult time discharging patients and experience an increase in readmissions, says VGM. “Since the beginning of the year, many hospital administrators have spoken out regarding Medicare's actions, but many...

rural rollout, The VGM Group

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Stakeholders criticize shortsighted CMS

May 20, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - CMS took too narrow a view when it analyzed the impact of new payment amounts for HME using only one metric, industry stakeholders say.The agency on May 17 released data comparing the rate of assignment of claims for DMEPOS items for the first four months of 2015, which were paid at the unadjusted fee schedule rates, to the rate of assignment of claims for the same items for the first four months of 2016, which were paid at the new partially adjusted rates.“They've taken one micro...

Cara Bachenheimer, Competitive Bidding, rural rollout

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