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Sometimes freezing is the better option

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Friday, January 25, 2013

It’s been a chilly week here at HME News World HQ, with temps in the low single digits dipping into the negative double digits. 

Last winter was my first back in southern Maine after living along the Canadian border, and it was warm and wonderful, with only about two snowstorms. 

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Poll: Majority oppose cutting Medicare to lower deficit

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01/25/2013

WASHINGTON – A new poll found that, while most people support deficit reduction, they want to do it without cutting major social programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

Congressman revives bill to repeal Medicare board

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01/24/2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., on Jan. 23 reintroduced a bill to repeal an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) tasked with reining in Medicare spending. The House of Representatives, but not the Senate, passed Roe’s original bill.

Mandatory mail order? Seniors concerned

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01/24/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A survey that suggests seniors are leery of mandatory mail-order pharmacy services may cast a long shadow on Medicare’s national mail-order program for diabetes supplies.

Providers vs. retailers: A game of pricing, service

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01/18/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – It’s time for HME providers to adapt to the reality of big-box stores as competitors, according to a recent HME Newspoll.

PMD demo: CMS to offer reasons for denials

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01/18/2013

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say help is on the way for providers who are still getting denials for prior authorization requests submitted as part of the new PMD demo.

Maryland man sentenced for Medicaid fraud

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01/18/2013

WASHINGTON – Uche Ben Odunzeh of Laurel, Md., was sentenced Jan. 16 to 19 months in prison for a federal charge stemming from the submission of more than $600,000 in false healthcare claims, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Day of reckoning nears for payment amounts

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01/11/2013

BALTIMORE – CMS has indicated to key lawmakers that Round 2 payment amounts for competitive bidding will be released by the end of January, according to HME industry stakeholders.

Deal opens door to more audits

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01/11/2013

WASHINGTON – Tucked into the “fiscal cliff” deal is a provision that could mean bad things for providers already inundated with audits: the extension of the look-back period.

In brief: Senators question TSS, PMD demo goes online

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01/11/2013

WASHINGTON – A pair of U.S. senators have some hard questions for CMS regarding overpayments to The Scooter Store. Among them: Does CMS plan to recoup more of what it’s owed by the power wheelchair provider?

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