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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.

HME infrastructure crumbles

‘I’ve been saying for a while that I think we’ve crossed the tipping point,’ says one provider
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05/05/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – CMS set out to reduce the number of HME providers with competitive bidding and, as recent data shows, it has done just that, say providers.

In brief: Data shows sharp decline, Invacare cleared for re-inspection

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04/28/2017

WASHINGTON – Nearly 41% of HME providers have dropped Medicare since July 2013, according to AAHomecare.

That was when Round 2 of the competitive bidding program kicked off in 91 cities with an average reimbursement cut of 45%.

CMS data shows sharp decline in number of HME providers

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04/27/2017

WASHINGTON – Nearly 41% of HME providers have dropped Medicare since July 2013, according to AAHomecare.

That was when Round 2 of the competitive bidding program kicked off in 91 cities with an average reimbursement cut of 45%.

Tougher times ahead: Impact of rate cuts pile up

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04/21/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – A whopping 65% of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they can sustain their businesses for less than a year, if they don’t get reimbursement relief.

CMS eases requirements for changing providers

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04/03/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has instructed the DME MACs to accept timely orders and medical documentation whether they come from a beneficiary’s treating physician or a transferring HME provider.

Will Price pull-through?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HME stakeholders have always had a dual strategy: regulatory and legislative.

But with industry champion Tom Price as the new secretary of Health and Human Services, their regulatory strategy has taken on a new sense of urgency.

Competitive bid program reform options and opportunities

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
By Barry Alexander, Matthew Agnew, and Emily Shaw

The DMEPOS competitive bidding program has a long and controversial history; at this point, however, the program appears to be well-cemented into the fabric of the industry.

VGM calls on Price to take action

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03/21/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group outlined three priorities that need “immediate action,” including relief for HME providers rural areas, in a March 20 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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