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CMS posts DMEPOS data dump


WASHINGTON – CMS has posted a new data set that provides information on more than 385,000 physicians and other healthcare profession

OIG: CMS could have saved $7.6M on diabetic test strips


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that CGS Administrators made Medicare payments for diabetic test strips when beneficiaries had not exhausted previously dispensed supplies.

Sneak peek at 2014 data

Thursday, July 9, 2015

If it’s summer in Maine, it means I’m in the throes of requesting, collecting and analyzing Medicare data sets for two upcoming projects: the annual update of our HME Databank (it happens Oct.

Gov’t announces ‘largest takedown in history’


WASHINGTON – A nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has resulted in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals.

CMS discriminates against doctors of podiatric medicine, council says


ATLANTA – The AFL-CIO Executive Council issued a statement on Feb. 25 calling on Congress to enact legislation to recognize doctors of podiatric medicine as “physicians” in Title XIX of the Social Security Act governing Medicaid.

Medicare sees a number, not someone’s mother

Friday, January 30, 2015
Gary Rench

I need to call a patient's family and tell them that I either have to pick up the hospital bed they are renting from me, or they have to sign a document that states they are willing to pay privately.

Bill would add sleep apnea screening to Medicare preventive physicals


DARIEN, Ill. – Under a bill introduced this week, Medicare would screen for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during initial preventative physical exams, according to an American Academy of Sleep Medicine release.

Ways and Means hearing to examine Medicare waste


WASHINGTON – The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on policies that address Medicare waste, fraud and abuse on April 30 at 2 p.m., according to a bulletin from The VGM Group.

OIG outlines work plan


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has several new HME-related projects in the works for 2014, including a review of the reasonableness of the Medicare fee schedule.