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Apria letter spotlights grandfathering provision

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08/18/2017

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Grandfathering under the competitive bidding program came up recently when Medicare beneficiaries in California received a letter from Apria Healthcare saying that, as of August, they must transition to a contracted provider.

Regulatory news: CMS revamps audits, lawmakers question CPAP bundling

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08/18/2017

WASHINGTON – Claims submitted by providers that have the highest claim error rates or billing practices that vary significantly from their peers will soon face increased scrutiny, CMS has announced.

House questions CPAP bundling program

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08/17/2017

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives is circulating a congressional sign-on letter that asks CMS to delay a CPAP bundling pilot program from the next round of competitive bidding.

Higher than ever

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Friday, June 16, 2017

With the better part of half a year now behind us (where did it go???), I thought I’d dig into Google Analytics and see what the most read stories have been so far this year.

Caught on tape: Criticism of bid program mixed in with criticism of Obamacare

Also, Secretary Price finally goes on record about access issues
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06/09/2017

WASHINGTON – When HHS Secretary Tom Price took to Twitter last week to post several videos of small business owners speaking on the negative impact of Obamacare, one in particular caught the eye of social media-savvy HME providers.

In brief: Industry issues last call to action, OIG finds no access issues

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06/09/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders spent Friday pushing to get as many signatures as possible on a letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.

OIG: Bid program did not impede access

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06/09/2017

WASHINGTON – Most Medicare beneficiaries continued to have access to CPAP/RAD devices after Round 2 of the competitive bidding program began, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Draining the swamp at CMS won’t happen overnight

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
John Gallagher
vice president of VGM Government Relations

What are the most important things needed to break a nut loose from a rusty bolt? Some WD-40, a few good tools, and an abundance of elbow grease.

Clinicians speak out on bid program

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05/24/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care, the advocacy arm of The VGM Group, has released a video featuring damning testimony from clinicians on Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

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