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Industry seeks improvements to surety bond program


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

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

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.

Researchers call for re-evaluating wheelchair policies


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Recent changes in Medicare reimbursement policy, including competitive bidding, may be contributing to a sharp increase in the number of wheelchair breakdowns, according to a study released this week.

POC manufacturer wins six bidding contracts


GOLETA, Calif. - When most HME providers said "No thanks" to Inogen's portable oxygen concentrator, the company said, "Okay, we'll do it ourselves." The result: Inogen won competitive bidding contracts in six cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Dallas and Riverside.

Letter to the editor


After reading "CMS proposes aggressive stance on oxygen" (HME News, August 2010), what stuck me was the unintended consequence of this flawed policy of making providers who service oxygen patients on or after month 18 of their 36-month rental payment period responsible to

What were you doing at 2 p.m.?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This afternoon, I was one of 223 listeners to the Open Door Forum.

If I'm an idiot, then what is CMS?


A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk at HME News' world headquarters here in Yarmouth, Maine, when as often happens, my phone rang. I picked up the receiver and said, "Hello, this is Mike."

Reporter's notebook: It's not about the money


T.J. Thompson, president of Atlantic Respiratory Services in Charleston, S.C., worries the independents will be weeded out by national competitive bidding.
"The only way to compete is to convince referrals that I'm going to give their patients the best service," she said. "The physicians in our area don't want to send their patients to the nationals. Once competitive bidding goes through, patient care goes out the window. There's no incentive to compete at that level."