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TV station attempts to follow the Medicare paper trail

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I came across this story about a Medicare bennie who, well, the lead on this story sums it up better than I ever could:

Is the NSC backlog easing up?

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The call came in around 3 this afternoon.

"Theresa, do you remember me?" asked the caller. "I just got my billing number reinstated, but only to March 27. What about all those other months of rental on my equipment?"

CMS: Master of the double standard

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CMS expects HME providers to have their ducks in a row. When providers submit claims, for example, the agency expects those claims to adhere to certain coverage policy and documentation requirements.

Hello, HME News? This is the GAO

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03/16/2010

One morning last month, I, the humble executive editor of HME News, spent 40 minutes on the phone with four Government Accountability Office (GAO) officials, answering questions about Medicare's home oxygen benefit.

The five commandments

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03/16/2010

Many providers built their businesses in the oxygen market. Now, with a few decades of performance history behind us, there are some things we know for certain. Providers are very resilient and tenacious. They have proven abilities to change processes quickly, and, historically, they have taken the high road when it comes to doing the right thing for patients and their families, even if it means, sometimes, not getting paid for it. To continue this "can-do" attitude, there are some practices providers need to embrace going forward.

Maybe we're missing the bigger picture, Mike

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

So Deutsche Bank is looking for some data on HME and competitive bidding. So what? Happens all the time in industries across the world. In fact, HME News, under Executive Director Mike Moran, also collects data.

CMS officials 'impressed' by Roberts Home Medical

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03/03/2010

CMS officials visit Roberts Home Medical.

Typo, math dyslexia or typical government officials? You be the judge

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Did you listen to CMS' Open Door Forum last week? I did.

Do you remember how CMS officials said they had added 220 NPIs to the PECOS enrollment records? And how callers questioned that tiny number? And how CMS officials stood by it?

Unaccredited pharmacies hang tight

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Monday, October 5, 2009

While the community pharmacy industry waits to see what happens with a last minute Congressional push to extend the accreditation deadline for pharmacies, there is confusion over what they should do in the meantime.

Pharmacy extension could be a reality

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Pharmacies are likely to receive an extension on getting accredited, but what do you do in the meantime?

Bill Popomaronis, from the NCPA which has been working with CMS to alleviate some confusion, sent me the following:

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