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Lunch and learn at the AAHomecare Conference

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jonathan Blum appreciates your concerns. He really does.

But the competitive bidding program is moving forward.

A brave statement to make at a luncheon populated by about 300 HME providers with knives.

Squirrels, Medicare codes and AAH receptions

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Monday, March 1, 2010

I had a hot dog near the Lincoln monument this afternoon and discovered a new use for walking canes. A woman used hers to fend off a particularly aggressive squirrel who tried to join her for lunch today.

NSC update: Score one for the little guy

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I just got off the phone with a very-relieved Brad Watkins, a provider in Oregon who has been battling the NSC to get his billing number reinstated.

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Has the NSC got your number?

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Monday, February 22, 2010

What's going on over at the NSC (Not Synergistic with CMS)? We ran a story last month about providers whose Medicare supplier numbers have been in limbo for months.

Typo, math dyslexia or typical government officials? You be the judge

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Did you listen to CMS' Open Door Forum last week? I did.

Do you remember how CMS officials said they had added 220 NPIs to the PECOS enrollment records? And how callers questioned that tiny number? And how CMS officials stood by it?

Fraud summit: 'We should have been more involved'

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01/28/2010

Last week's National Summit on Health Care Fraud was billed as "the first national gathering on healthcare fraud between law enforcement and the private and public sectors

Senate bigwigs haven't forgotten Rx exemption

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sens. Max Baucus and Charles Grassley sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday asking her to cut some slack for pharmacies that haven't been accredited yet. The deadline for pharmacies passed Jan.

Is Big Brother watching you sleep?

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Monday, January 25, 2010

This statement caught my eye:

I supported national health insurance until I became Medicare-eligible this year.

Auld lang syne, CPAP issues? Not so fast

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

At this time of year we editors like to cull top 10 lists. On this last day of 2009 I perused our stats to see what the top story was for specialty providers.

Medicare may rob you blind but no need to let the Oxy addicts do it too

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This one's from the kind of interesting file. The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and RxPatrol, which tracks pharmacy crimes, recently released a 10-minute training video for pharmacy staff.

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