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West Va. lawmakers weigh in on bid program

May 30, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - West Virginia's congressional delegation recently sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking her to be mindful of the challenges rural providers face in Round 2021.“West Virginia is a rural state and our seniors rely on the compassionate care that our small businesses provide, including home delivery, set-up assistance, and prompt service when problems arise such as floods, snowstorms and high winds,” reads the letter. “Without this type of service available,...

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CMS's Seema Verma: Current bid structure 'not sustainable'

July 12, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - CMS Administrator Seema Verma says she wants to “modernize” the agency's long-standing competitive bidding program for DMEPOS by instituting market-oriented reforms.It's a major change in attitude for the agency, which has lauded competitive bidding and the savings it has created since the program was first implemented in 2011.“The current structure doesn't produce the best prices for patients and doesn't drive optimal performance by contractors, and it's simply not...

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Providers meet with Verma

November 22, 2017HME News Staff

MODESTO, Calif. - Representatives of Home Oxygen Company attended a Nov. 20 meeting with Rep. Jeff Dunham, R-Calif., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma to discuss the challenges of rural providers in California. “Administrator Verma was very attentive to our needs and knowledgeable of our challenges,” said Andrea Ewert, president and CEO of Home Oxygen Company. “Our representatives were able to articulate the challenges of running a business and serving Medicare beneficiaries in...

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In brief: MedPAC recommends CMS shift more products into bid program, AmerisourceBergen buys H.D. Smith

November 20, 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...

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In brief: SCA forms separate company, ResMed, ATS partner on grant

April 7, 2017HME News Staff

SCA forms separate hygiene companyPHILADELPHIA - SCA will split its global hygiene and health products into a new company, Essity.The forest products division will remain under the SCA name.As of 2016, 86% of the company is in hygiene and health, with 14% in forest products. Synergies between the operations have diminished over time, SCA said in a press release.Essity will develop, produce, market and sell personal care and tissue products, including the BSN Medical brands, which SCA acquired in...

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AAHomecare 'encouraged' after meeting with Verma

April 6, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders had a meeting with Seema Verma, the new CMS administrator, on April 4, and they were impressed.The top topic at the meeting: industry efforts to fix the competitive bidding program.“Administrator Verma demonstrated impressive familiarity with HME industry concerns about the bidding program, and others in attendance were well-acquainted with the proposals in letters regarding the bidding program (that) AAHomecare recently sent to HHS Secretary Price, which...

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With Verma in place, it's time to get to work

March 17, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Seema Verma, the new CMS administrator, is a relative unknown as far as HME is concerned, but stakeholders say having new leadership in place offers new opportunities to press forward on a host of issues.“I'm excited to see that she's been confirmed so we can get to work with her and the rest of the CMS staff to extend the interim relief for rural suppliers that was part of the Cures Act,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president and CEO. “We also want to engage CMS on longer-term...

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Verma is your new CMS administrator

March 14, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted 55-43 to approve the nomination of Seema Verma, a health policy consultant from Indiana, as CMS administrator.Verma, the president, CEO and founder of SVC, an Indianapolis-based national health policy consulting company, will oversee a $1 trillion agency that serves more than 100 million Americans that access healthcare services through Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Marketplace.Verma, along with new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, will be...

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Verma one step closer to CMS

March 2, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Seema Verma is headed to the full Senate for confirmation as CMS Administrator.The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 13-12 to advance Verma's nomination.“We need experienced and responsible leadership at the helm of our federal agencies and CMS is no exception,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the committee. “The challenges plaguing both Medicare and Medicaid require a strong partnership between the administration and Congress to improve these programs...

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Verma hearing includes comments on bid program

February 21, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee to run CMS, said during a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Feb. 16 that one-size-fits-all approaches to health care, like the agency's competitive bidding program, don't always work. Verma made the comment in response to a question from Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., about whether or not she would be willing to continue to have a dialogue about how the program can ensure Medicare beneficiaries, especially those in rural states, get...

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