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Lawmakers hear case against bid program

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03/15/2013

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders say the biggest take-away from the industry’s Hill briefings on March 14 is the need to continue educating lawmakers and staffers on competitive bidding.

The Scooter Store impact spreads

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03/15/2013

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The woes at The Scooter Store could hurt more than The Scooter Store, say multiple industry sources.

Providers make adjustments to weather Round 2

'Steps need to be taken to ensure viability'
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03/15/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – The majority of respondents to a recent HME NewsPoll say they’ll be cutting staff and salaries in response to the recently announced payment amounts for Round 2.

Gorski leaves AAHomecare

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03/14/2013

WASHINGTON – Walt Gorski is leaving his post as vice president of government affairs for AAHomecare, the association announced in a bulletin to members.

NSC extends enrollment period

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03/14/2013

WASHINGTON – The National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) has extended the window period for HME providers to determine whether or not they want to change their enrollment status with Medicare, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

Industry pokes holes in bid program

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03/08/2013

WASHINGTON – A pair of planned Hill briefings and a “Dear Colleague” letter are turning up the heat on the HME industry’s fight against competitive bidding.

M&A: Contracts not 'golden ticket'

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03/08/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – Some HME providers who want to offload their businesses now that they’ve accepted contracts for Round 2 of competitive bidding may find it a tough sell, say M&A analysts.

Accreditors share the pain

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03/08/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – The years 2009 through 2012 have also been a roller coaster ride for accreditation organizations.

In brief: PECOS goes live, provider accepts 41 bid contracts

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03/08/2013

BALTIMORE – It’s official: CMS will start rejecting claims that contain the names of physicians not enrolled in the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) on May 1, the agency announced March 1.

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