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Stakeholders rally to change face-to-face requirement


WASHINGTON – The delay in the enforcement of the face-to-face rule buys time for HME industry stakeholders to seek changes.

Survey: PMD repairs difficult to obtain


WASHINGTON – The results of a recent AAHomecare survey show fewer providers are repairing power mobility devices.

Bidding: AAH abandons lawsuit, lawmakers apply pressure


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has dropped its bid to stop competitive bidding in the courts.

Lawmakers support investigation into bid program


WASHINGTON – Lawmakers from Tennessee and Ohio have written to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), urging the agency to thoroughly investigate Round 2 of competitive bidding in their states.

Clock ticks on re-compete, investigation kicks off


WASHINGTON – Now that fall has officially begun, the HME industry’s collective eye has once again turned to the timeline for the Round 1 re-compete.

Bill seeks to curb O&P fraud


WASHINGTON – A bill that would require Medicare to pay only licensed providers for orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) is a proverbial hat trick, say stakeholders.

Integrity director Budetti leaving CMS


BALTIMORE – Peter Budetti, the first director of the CMS Center for Program Integrity (CPI), is retiring. His last day with CMS is Wednesday, Sept. 11.

CMS again delays face-to-face rule


BALTIMORE – In response to ongoing concerns from providers and suppliers, CMS announced Sept. 9 that it is delaying enforcement of the face-to-face rule until sometime next year.

OIG tackles bid savings and improper payments


WASHINGTON – The Texas Medicaid program could have saved $2 million in the Dallas/Forth Worth area alone if it had used competitive bidding pricing for certain DME items in fiscal year 2011, according to a new study from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

OIG will ‘peel back onion’ on CMS, stakeholders say


WASHINGTON – If an investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) goes the HME industry’s way—and stakeholders believe it will—CMS will no longer be able to blow off concerns about competitive bidding.