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AAH: HME spending ‘not out of control’

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01/11/2013

WASHINGTON – New national health expenditures data released by CMS shows that HME continues to shrink as a proportion of total Medicare spending, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

Senators 'concerned' about overpayments to Scooter Store

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01/10/2013

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?

CMS expands online submissions for PMD demo

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01/09/2013

WASHINGTON – Jurisdictions A, C, and D are now accepting PMD prior authorization requests online through the electronic submissions of Medical Documentation (esMD) system, according to a CMS announcement.

Healthcare spending stayed low in 2011

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01/08/2013

WASHINGTON ­– Healthcare spending in the United States grew at a rate of 3.9% in 2011, continuing a recent trend of extremely slow growth, according to a new analysis from the Office of the Actuary at CMS, which was published in the January 2013 issue of the journal Healt

RAC hits $1B in corrections

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01/07/2013

NEW YORK – A Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) has reached the $1 billion mark in corrections for overpayments and underpayments, according to a press release.

MPP: Co-sponsor tally rises, watchdog group tries another tack

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12/21/2012

WASHINGTON – The week before Christmas, HME industry stakeholders wrapped up seven more co-sponsors for H.R. 6490, bringing the total to 87.

Thanks for the 'update'

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I don’t know how many of you were able to tune in to yesterday’s Electronic Clinical Template Open Door Forum, but here's my take: I’d have to say it was kind of a mixed bag. 

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CMS offers template update

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12/20/2012

WASHINGTON – With suggested prompts now in place in the electronic clinical template, CMS will begin working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT to integrate them into the electronic health record, officials told listeners during an Open Door For

Clock ticks on MPP, Round 2

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12/14/2012

WASHINGTON – The HME industry is within spitting distance of its goal of 100 co-sponsors for H.R. 6490, a bill to replace the competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program (MPP).

Gov’t makes conviction on $6.7M fraud scheme

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12/14/2012

WASHINGTON – The owner and operator of Joy Supply and General Services in Shreveport, La., was convicted Dec. 14 by a federal jury for his role in a $6.7 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

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