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MPP bill squeaks in under the wire

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09/21/2012

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'

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09/21/2012

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'

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09/18/2012

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

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09/14/2012

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?

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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.

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AAH: Delay PMD demo

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08/28/2012

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

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08/02/2012

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

Industry seeks improvements to surety bond program

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06/21/2012

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders yesterday submitted comments to CMS outlining concerns with a recent wave of claims against surety bonds—some triggered by overpayments as low as $16.

In this case, let us root the GAO on

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Monday, June 18, 2012

I like the heat CMS and its contractors are getting for their audit activities as of late.

Report: Healthcare spending to accelerate in 2014

Federal, state and local government healthcare spending is projected to be nearly 50% of national health expenditures by 2012
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06/12/2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. health spending is projected to grow at 4%, on average, for 2011-2013, slightly above the historically low rate of 3.8% in 2009, according to a CMS annual report published online today in Health Affairs.

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