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CMS throws safety net to oxygen patients

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08/30/2013

BALTIMORE – It appears CMS has finally realized that you can’t get blood from a stone—or oxygen equipment and services from an HME provider that has gone out of business.

PMD demo hits one-year mark

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08/30/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – With a year now under their belts, providers say there is a mixture of pros and cons to the power mobility device (PMD) demonstration project. 

CMS outlines expedited process for NCDs

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08/29/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced an updated process for new or reconsidered national coverage decisions (NCDs). According to a notice published in Federal Register, CMS will periodically publish on its website the NCDs it proposes to remove and the reasons why.

AAHomecare joins in coding reform effort

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08/29/2013

WASHINGTON – Due to lack of oversight and industry input, AAHomecare believes the current CMS coding system does not accurately describe items and services covered and reimbursed.

CMS addresses providers going out of business

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08/23/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced that, effective immediately, it will allow the replacement of oxygen equipment when suppliers exit the business.

CMS announces improvements to PECOS system

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07/25/2013

WASHIINGTON – Various improvements, including validation checks, have been implemented for the Internet-based PECOS system, according to a CMS announcement.

Who’s left holding the hot potato?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A few weeks ago, a provider tipped me off that CMS had started recouping payments for Medicare beneficiaries who were in prison at the time of dates of service.

Lawmakers call on OIG to investigate competitive bidding

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06/24/2013

WASHINGTON – In a June 21 letter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, call on the agency to investigate the possibility that CMS deliberately overlooked its own rules when awarding contracts for competitive bidding, according to a press release.

Bills could deliver 'one-two punch' to bid program

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06/21/2013

WASHINGTON – A bill that would delay the expansion of competitive bidding could get fast-tracked through the House of Representatives, say industry stakeholders.

CMS decision on Tennessee sets precedent

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06/21/2013

WASHINGTON – It was a big win in the HME industry’s fight against competitive bidding when CMS disqualified one-third of the contract suppliers for Tennessee, but that’s not the only state with licensure issues, stakeholders point out.

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