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‘It is no longer worth the pit in my stomach’

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It’s always disappointing when the HME industry’s efforts to get relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program fail to cross the finish line. But this last time around, when H.R. 4229 failed to make the cut in a recently passed omnibus bill, it was particularly disappointing.

Medicare announces electronic initiative

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03/07/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced a new initiative, MyHealthEData, to give patients control of their healthcare data.

‘It’s called cost shifting and it’s bad for Americans’

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Friday, September 15, 2017

A wrote a blog a few weeks back called “Head banging” about the share of Medicare spending on DME, and the concentration of Medicare spending in different areas of health care.

What do Medicare beneficiaries spend for care?

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05/25/2017

WASHINGTON – More than one-quarter of Medicare beneficiaries, or 15 million people, spend 20% or more of their incomes on premiums plus medical care, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

Gov’t sums up healthcare fraud and abuse control

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01/20/2017

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice have released their “Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016.”

CMS announces 2017 premiums

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11/11/2016

WASHINGTON – For about 70% of Medicare beneficiaries, the average monthly premium for Part B services will be about $109 in 2017, compared to $104.90 for the past four years, CMS announced Nov. 10.

In wake of cuts, HME providers let chips fall

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08/05/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – It’s only been a month since CMS rolled out draconian reimbursement cuts across the country, but HME providers have begun playing hardball.

CMS touts prevention efforts

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07/20/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS’s efforts to reduce improper payments have saved nearly $42 billion, according to a new report.

Toxic mix

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I blogged last week about the significant drop in the number of allowed beneficiaries for some of the most popular DMEPOS products starting in January of 2016.

Wrong and right

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This is what it must be like to work in the HME industry.

In the same day (today), I received an email from a provider that exemplifies all that is wrong with the HME industry, and another that exemplifies all that is right.

First the wrong.

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