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Round 2019: ‘Unfeasible if CMS sticks to business as usual’


WASHINGTON – It’s becoming less and less likely that CMS will make its target implementation date for Round 2019, industry stakeholders say.

Trump mostly falls short in first year, respondents say


YARMOUTH, Maine – A little more than half of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say President Donald Trump hasn’t had a positive impact on their businesses in his first year

Stakeholders ‘aghast’ at bid proposal

‘We’ve already stripped the benefit and I don’t think there’s any more savings to be had’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say they are as surprised as anyone by a proposal to expand Medicare’s competitive bidding program to rural areas.

Hill briefing: Associations tag team on access issues


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and the American Thoracic Society held a well-attended Capitol Hill briefing on Feb. 14 to detail access problems for patients.

HHS budget proposes bid process for rural areas


WASHINGTON – The budget for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2019 proposes two tweaks to Medicare’s competitive bidding program for DME.

Stakeholders unrelenting on IFR


WASHINGTON – Industry efforts to lobby lawmakers to pressure the Office of Management and Budget to release an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program are moving the needle, stakeholders say.

Ins and outs of subcontracting


AMARILLO, Texas – Healthcare attorney Jeff Baird says no provider likes subcontracting agreements; nevertheless, there are a large number of them out there.

Azar willing to work on HME issues


WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Serviecs, has verbally agreed to work with congressional leaders to address issues that are negatively impacting the HME industry.

Subcontracting exacerbates problems with bid program


YARMOUTH, Maine – Subcontracting may be black and white on paper, but in the real world, it can be gray, even now that competitive bidding has been the law of the land in major cities for years.

Cures Act update: Deadline looms for Medicaid

Letter outlines two options to demonstrate compliance

WASHINGTON – CMS finally sent a letter to state Medicaid directors on Dec. 27 with guidance on a DME-related provision in the 21st Century Cures Act, just three business days before implementation.