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Poll: 68% say they won’t accept ‘criminal’ Medicare contract

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02/14/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – Two weeks after CMS’s announcement of severe cuts in Round 2 single payment amounts, the initial spirit of defiance has not waned.

Obama re-nominates Tavenner to lead CMS

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02/08/2013

WASHINGTON – President Obama yesterday re-nominated Marilyn Tavenner to lead CMS. Tavenner has been the acting administrator of CMS since her first nomination in late 2011.

Stakeholders react: 'These are suicide rates'

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02/01/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – The steep cuts that CMS plans to implement as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding underscore the fatal flaws in the program, say industry stakeholders.

'Are these rates sustainable?'

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02/01/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers spent the long days and nights following CMS’s announcement of the Round 2 payment amounts trying to crunch numbers and strategize their next moves.

CMS 'pleased' and 'on track' with Round 2

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02/01/2013

BALTIMORE – CMS officials are touting the competitive bidding program as a success, thanks to sharply reduced Round 2 payment amounts that have sent shockwaves through the HME industry.

In brief: Lawmakers make fraud recommendations, Sleep HealthCenters closes

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02/01/2013

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of six senators on Jan. 31 released recommendations aimed at curbing waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid.

Noridian gets new Medicare contract

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01/30/2013

FARGO, N.D. – Noridian Administrative Services has been awarded a new Medicare claims processing contract, according to an article in the Grand Forks Herald.

O&P advocates launch auditing initiative

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01/29/2013

WATERLOO, Iowa – Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA) is spearheading a new initiative designed to help independent orthotic and prosthetic practitioners fight for “greater transparency and oversight of CMS independent audit contractors,” according to a press r

What's good for the goose is good for the gander

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01/25/2013

I read the article titled “New OIG report: Is it good or bad?” (January 2013).

In brief: Industry holds on, Medicare bill revived

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01/25/2013

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders continue to work behind the scenes on building support for the market-pricing program (MPP), but that’s about all they can say at this point.

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