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In brief: Stakeholders keep eye on doc fix, CMS issues refunds

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12/06/2013

WASHINGTON – As this year’s congressional session winds down, HME stakeholders are eyeing the “doc-fix” bill as the best vehicle for H.R. 1717.

CMS issues refunds

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12/05/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS will issue refunds for collections it made on incorrectly identified overpayments associated with incarcerated Medicare beneficiaries, according to National Government Services.

CMS: Mail order costs more than pharmacies

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12/04/2013

ALEXANDRIA – It costs Medicare up to 83% more to fill prescriptions through mail-order pharmacies than through community pharmacies, a new analysis has found.

CMS announces bidding webinars

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12/03/2013

WASHINGTON – Webinars on the Round 1 re-compete of competitive bidding have been scheduled for Dec. 9, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, CMS has announced.

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.

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