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CMS to providers: Is your bid bona fide?


WASHINGTON – It appears CMS still has a ways to go before releasing the single payment amounts for Round 2 of competitive bidding.

CMS posts urgent bid alert


WASHINGTON – CMS “strongly urges” bidders to read the financial document requirements in the Round 1 recompete Request for Bids (RFB) instructions and to make sure all documents meet the specific requirements.

Medicare premiums to rise in 2013


WASHINGTON – The monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers home medical equipment, will increase 5% in 2013, from $99.90 to $104.90, CMS announced Nov. 16.

The Audit Team assists providers affected by Sandy


CANTON, Ohio – The Audit Team is offering providers in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy free and significantly reduced fees for the next 60 days.

OIG study: Appeals process lacks clarity, consistency


WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends “coordinated training” for administrative law judges (ALJs) and qualified independent contractors (QICs) on the Medicare appeals process in a new report.

In wake of Sandy, CMS grants audit relief


BALTIMORE – HME providers who are dealing with the fallout from Hurricane Sandy won't also have to deal with audits, AAHomecare announced Nov. 7.

OIG: spike in claims for non-mail order diabetes supplies


WASHINGTON – Claims for more expensive, non-mail order diabetes test strips (DTS) increased 33% from 2010 to 2011, while claims for less expensive, mail order DTS decreased 71%, according to a study by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

In brief: More sign on for MPP, Hanger has banner year


WASHINGTON – Despite the all-encompassing elections, H.R. 6490, a bill that would replace competitive bidding with an industry-backed market-pricing program (MPP), picked up eight new co-sponsors last week, bringing the total to 27. The newest co-sponsors: Reps.

Deadline reminder for Round 1 recompete


WASHINGTON – Two weeks remain for suppliers to submit hardcopy financial documents for the Round 1 recompete. These documents must be received by the competitive bidding implementation contractor (CBIC) on or before Nov.

In brief: Senator pushes crackdown, FAA approves POCs


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and healthcare advocates recently called for a crackdown on the “aggressive and misleading” marketing tactics of the power mobility device (PMD) industry, according to a press release posted to the senator’s website.