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CMS briefs lawmakers on bid program

There are ‘big signs’ of problems, stakeholders say
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11/22/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS told lawmakers during a briefing on Nov. 18 that they’re investigating reports that some contract suppliers are not servicing their entire bid areas.

Stakeholders, CMS talk wheelchair repairs

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11/22/2013

WASHINGTON – When CMS agreed to a meeting to discuss ongoing issues surrounding power mobility device (PMD) repairs, the agency had a rude awakening, industry stakeholders say.

Poll: 41% have been waiting at least one year for hearing

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11/15/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – Long delays have made appealing denied claims a painful process for HME providers, forcing them to wait sometimes years for payment.

Bidding update: Capacity, licensure

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11/15/2013

BALTIMORE – The financial capacities that contract suppliers submitted as part of their bids don’t hold much weight, based on new guidance from the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC).

Coalition seeks fix to ‘feeding frenzy’ of audits

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11/15/2013

WASHINGTON – A new coalition led by a long-time industry healthcare attorney and former White House and Health and Human Services (HHS) advisers has made audit relief its singular priority.

In brief: CMS briefs, Invacare hires, KCI slips

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11/15/2013

WASHINGTON – A meeting with CMS and congressional staff on DME competitive bidding, originally cancelled due to the government shutdown, has been set for 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, says The VGM Group.

CMS reverses stance on financial capacity

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11/14/2013

WASHINGTON – HME providers in the competitive bidding program may no longer decline referrals after reaching their financial capacity, according to AAHomecare.

CMS to brief congressional staff on bid program

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11/14/2013

WASHINGTON – A meeting with CMS and congressional staff on DME competitive bidding, originally cancelled due to the government shutdown, is being rescheduled in the coming weeks, industry stakeholders say.

CMS clarifies “homebound”

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11/12/2013

BALTIMORE – Medicare beneficiaries must now meet two sets of criteria to be considered “homebound,” according to new rules that take effect Nov. 19.

Take PECOS seriously, stakeholders say

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11/08/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS has set a new start date for denying DME claims with the names of physicians who are not enrolled in PECOS and, this time, it may stick, industry stakeholders say.

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