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NASL joins call to delay bidding program


WASHINGTON – The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) stands behind lawmakers in the House of Representatives who want to delay implementation of Round 2 of competitive bidding, according to a press release.

More lawmakers hold briefings on bid program


WASHINGTON – Members of two House committees—Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means—will meet today at 4 p.m. with representatives from CMS to discuss the competitive bidding program, according to a bulletin from the VGM Group.

AAHomecare, PFQC launch complaint hotline


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and People for Quality Care (PFQC) are partnering to offer a hotline number for Medicare beneficiaries to log complaints about their access to HME, according to a press release.

Lawmakers back Round 2 delay


WASHINGTON – Two separate pairs of congressmen have penned letters aiming to push back the July 1 implementation of Round 2 of competitive bidding, according to reports from The VGM Group an

New focus on market-pricing program


WASHINGTON – When the bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is introduced, it will have lead sponsors on both sides of the aisle, industry stakeholders say.

N.Y. members of Congress to CMS: Delay Round 2


WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers has asked CMS to delay the expansion of competitive bidding.

Stakeholders ramp up complex rehab efforts


WALSENBURG, Colo. – NRRTS this week urged complex rehab stakeholders to call their members of Congress on April 10 and ask them to support a separate benefit category for complex rehab, according to a press release.

Legislators question bid program


WASHINGTON – A bipartisan letter to CMS led by Tom Price, R-Ga., and co-signed by 100 U.S. representatives, is calling into question the competitive bidding program, according to an AMEPA newsletter.

Reps 'concerned' about rates for diabetes testing supplies


WASHINGTON – A pair of lawmakers have asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the impact of a 72% cut, on average, to reimbursement set to go into effect July 1 as part of a national mail order program for diabetes supplies. In a letter, Reps.

Don't get left out in the cold

Friday, December 18, 2009

It's bitterly cold here today in our little corner of New England, although today's weather is an improvement over yesterday when temps could most optimistically be described as bone-chilling.