Also Noted

Medicare Advantage enrollment projected to increase

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09/19/2012

WASHINGTON – Enrollment in the Medicare Advantage program is projected to increase by 11% in the next year, according to an announcement today from Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary.

Medicare pays out billions for 'upcoding'

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09/18/2012

WASHINGTON – Doctors and other medical professionals have added $11 billion or more to fees for Medicare beneficiaries over the last decade through “upcoding,” according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity.

Obstructive sleep apnea increases cardio risk in elderly

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09/18/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine – Severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), if left untreated in the elderly, is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular death, according to research published Sept. 13 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Oxygen LCD gets updated

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09/14/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – CGS, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction C, posted changes to the local coverage determination (LCD) for oxygen on Sept. 13.

Hearing scheduled to examine PMD waste and fraud

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09/14/2012

WASHINGTON – A Senate Aging Committee hearing next week will focus on new Medicare prior authorization requirements for power mobility devices (PMDs). The hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept.

Fastrack and Graham-Field integrate

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09/13/2012

Plainview, N.Y., and Atlanta – Graham-Field announced this week that its product catalog and dealer price list will be integrated into Fastrack Healthcare Systems’ inventory management and e-commerce modules.

Patient recruiter sentenced for fraud scheme

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09/13/2012

WASHINGTON ­– A patient recruiter was sentenced this week to serve 18 months in prison for her involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme.

USM buys Glass Seating

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09/12/2012

ST. LOUIS – United Seating & Mobility (USM) has acquired Glass Seating & Mobility, according to a press release.

CGS retains Medicare contract

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09/12/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – CGS Administrators LLC (CGS) will remain the DME MAC for Jurisdiction C, according to a news release from the company. The contract, valued at more than $170 million, includes a base year starting Sept. 1, 2012, and four option years.

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