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Bid deadline is here


WASHINGTON ­– Today is the deadline for backup authorized official registration, CMS announced today. CMS strongly recommends that suppliers interested in participating in the Round 1 recompete who have not registered a backup authorized official do so today.

Webcast available for Round 1 recompete


WASHINGTON – A new educational webcast for the Round 1 recompete of the competitive bidding program is now available on the CBIC website.

Stakeholders unimpressed with CMS education efforts


WASHINGTON – Eighteen months into the competitive bidding program, stakeholders say beneficiaries and doctors still have little knowledge of the program. 

MPP bill squeaks in under the wire


WASHINGTON – Stakeholders on Friday afternoon eased their collective breath when Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., introduced a bill for the industry's market-pricing program (MPP) just prior to a lengthy recess leading up to the elections.

Senators: PMD error rate 'beyond belief'


WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., took CMS to task for high error rates on power mobility devices (PMD) during a congressional hearing Sept. 19.

Medicare pays out billions for 'upcoding'


WASHINGTON – Doctors and other medical professionals have added $11 billion or more to fees for Medicare beneficiaries over the last decade through “upcoding,” according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity.

Hearing scheduled to examine PMD waste and fraud


WASHINGTON – A Senate Aging Committee hearing next week will focus on new Medicare prior authorization requirements for power mobility devices (PMDs). The hearing, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept.

Will reason reign?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I don’t know if I’m cranky this morning or what (I am disappointed with myself for breaking a week of caffeine-free living yesterday), but CMS’s handing of this new PMD demo is really rubbing me the wrong way.


AAH: Delay PMD demo


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare on Monday called for CMS to delay a PMD demo scheduled to start Sept. 1 because the agency still hasn’t released a final version of instructions.

PMD demo start date: Sept. 1


WASHINGTON – The seven-state power mobility device demonstration project will begin nine months after its original start date.