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Medicare trustees expect Part B costs to grow steadily


WASHINGTON – Projected costs for the Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Fund, which funds Medicare Part B and D, are expected to grow steadily from 2.1% of GDP in 2018 to about 3.7% GDP in 2038, according to the 2019 Medicare Trustees Report.

GAO releases report on accessories


WASHINGTON – Accessories for complex power wheelchairs might account for a relatively small share of Medicare utilization, but they account for a much larger share of total spending, according to a highly anticipated report published June 1 by the Government Accountability Office.

In brief: HME spending drops, PlayMaker CRM secures funding


WASHINGTON – While overall Medicare spending has increased more than 175% from 2000 to 2014, spending on HME accounted for just 1.25% of overall Medicare spending in 2014, dropping from 2% in 2004, according to AAHomecare’s

DME is what we use, HME services is what we do

Thursday, January 7, 2016
George Kucka
George Kucka is president and CEO of Fairmeadows Home Health Care.

Historically, items like hospital beds, oxygen tanks and concentrators, wheelchairs, commodes, ambulatory aids, compressors and other items that could be used to support a medical need on an ongoing basis were referred to as DME. This is clearly an accurate, but one-dimensional definition.

CMS: ACA spurs growth in health spending

But growth is still lower than most prior years

WASHINGTON – Overall national health expenditures grew by 5.3% in 2014, as millions of uninsured Americans gained health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the CMS Office of the Actuary reported Dec. 2.

CMS: Growth in health spending remains low


WASHINGTON – Overall national health expenditures grew at an annual rate of 3.7% in 2012, marking the fourth consecutive year of low growth, the CMS Office of the Actuary reported Jan. 7.

CMS: Zero growth for Part B premiums


WASHINGTON – The Medicare Part B premium will not increase in 2014, CMS announced this week.

The standard Medicare Part B premium will be $104.90 in 2014, the same as 2013, the agency stated.

Update on PMD demo: Spending drops 50%


BALTIMORE – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) has taken a nosedive ever since CMS implemented a demonstration project that requires providers to submit prior authorization requests before supplying equipment.

CBO: Social security spending will outpace tax revenues


WASHINGTON – Spending for Social Security totaled $773 billion in fiscal year 2012, about 5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and one-fifth of federal spending, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated in an updated report released Oct. 2.