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Bid relief update: Stakeholders move on new information

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12/15/2017

WASHINGTON – New details have pushed to the forefront a competitive bidding-related interim final rule that’s been held up at the Office of Management and Budget since August.

OIG report is ‘slap on the wrist,’ providers say

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12/15/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent report on unlicensed suppliers receiving bid contracts re-opened old wounds for providers, who say it amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for CMS.

Provider gets HME in front of nominee, with senator’s help

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12/08/2017

GREEN BAY, Wis. – When provider Steve Huntington received a letter recently from Sen.

Stakeholders: We’re monitoring MedPAC

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12/01/2017

WASHINGTON – The Medicare Payment and Advisory Committee offered a mixed bag of observations about the competitive bidding program at a recent meeting, but they likely won’t lead to any significant changes, say industry stakeholders.

Year in review: The next front materializes, and the impact piles up

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Here’s a look at the most read stories for 2017. I know there are still 32 days left in 2017 (who’s counting), but I couldn’t help myself (and I needed a blog topic).

In brief: MedPAC recommends CMS shift more products into bid program, AmerisourceBergen buys H.D. Smith

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11/20/2017

WASHINGTON – The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee made payment policy recommendations for non-competitively bid DMEPOS during a meeting earlier this month, according to Epstein Becker & Green, a healthcare law firm.

Providers meet with Verma

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11/22/2017

MODESTO, Calif. – Representatives of Home Oxygen Company attended a Nov. 20 meeting with Rep. Jeff Dunham, R-Calif., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma to discuss the challenges of rural providers in California.

In brief: Inconsistencies in bid program, Trump’s new HHS nominee

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11/16/2017

BALTIMORE – CMS did not always follow its own procedures and federal requirements for awarding competitive bidding contracts consistently, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Bid relief bill drops

Industry races to rack up co-sponsors
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11/06/2017

WASHINGTON – It’s official: A bill that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

Always the easy target

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Boston TV station recently ran an “I-Team” piece on a man who needed a brace after twisting his knee and who was charged nearly $700 for said brace by a local supply company because he hadn’t met his deductible.

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