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HHS increases rewards for reporting fraud

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04/25/2013

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed increasing to $9.9 million the rewards paid to Medicare beneficiaries and others whose tips about suspected fraud lead to the recovery of funds, according to a press release.

Senate panel backs Tavenner nomination

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04/24/2013

WASHINGTON – Marilyn Tavenner, Barack Obama’s nominee to oversee CMS, received the unanimous backing of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, according an article from Reuters.

Providers try to make sense of it all

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04/19/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – From providers getting contracts to service areas located thousands of miles away to providers unprepared to service contracts in their local areas, sources predict problems aplenty when Round 2 goes into effect July 1.

New focus on market-pricing program

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04/19/2013

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.

Subcontracting: 'Everybody's doing it'

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04/19/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry attorneys sum up the bulk of the activity in the wake of CMS’s announcement of the contracts suppliers for Round 2 with one word: subcontracting.

Members of Congress sign AOPA letter

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04/17/2013

WASHINGTON – Thirty-five members of Congress—19 Democrats, 16 Republicans—agreed to sign a letter presented to them by members of American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) regarding CMS audit procedures, according to an article form healio.com.

Prodigy Diabetes Care, OK Biotech align ownership

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04/16/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ­– Prodigy Diabetes Care, a distributor of diabetes testing supplies, has acquired substantial ownership of the publicly owned shares of OK Biotech, a manufacturing partner based in Taiwan, according to a press release.

Industry gathers 'ammunition'

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04/12/2013

BALTIMORE – Industry stakeholders believe CMS may have shot itself in the other foot when it released the names of the 799 suppliers who won 13,126 contracts as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding.

In brief: Senator calls hearing, Apria borrows $900M

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04/12/2013

WASHINGTON – Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has scheduled a hearing to address HME marketing tactics, according to a press release.

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