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Lawmakers pressure CMS on licensure issues

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06/07/2013

WASHINGTON – Amid growing concerns on Capitol Hill, CMS officials have been asked to report to Senate staff on Round 2 of competitive bidding at a briefing on Tuesday.

CMS education efforts backfire

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06/07/2013

WASHINGTON – Recent educational outreach by CMS has beneficiaries more baffled about competitive bidding than ever, HME providers say.

Face-to-face rule needs new start date, say stakeholders

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06/07/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – AAHomecare has asked CMS to delay the July 1 start date of its new face-to-face requirement, citing a need for clarifications and expressing concerns over the timing.

In brief: CMS flaunts fraud savings, GF makes buy

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06/07/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS says its anti-fraud efforts in 2011 and 2012 have recovered more than $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements and administrative impositions, according to a press release.

Graham-Field buys Hausted

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06/07/2013

ATLANTA – Graham-Field (GF) Health Products, a manufacturer of home health products, has completed the acquisition of Hausted, a manufacturer of patient handling equipment, including stretchers and chairs, according to a press release.

Providers make case against bid program at hearing

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06/07/2013

SEATTLE – Several providers testified about the potentially damaging consequences of Medicare’s competitive bidding program at a recent regulatory fairness hearing hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a press release from VGM & Associates.

Medtrade opens early bird registration

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06/07/2013

ATLANTA – Early bird registration is now open for Medtrade, scheduled for Oct. 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, according to a press release.

Binson’s celebrates 60 years with expansion

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06/06/2013

CENTER LINE, Mich. – On the strength of its success in the competitive bidding program, Binson’s Home Health Care is celebrating its 60th anniversary by hiring up to 100 new employees, according to a press release.

Report: COPD on the rise among women

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06/06/2013

WASHINGTON – Women are 37% more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to the disease in the United States, according to a report from the American Lung Association.

CMS flaunts fraud savings, revocations

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06/06/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS says its anti-fraud efforts in 2011 and 2012 have recovered more than $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud, judgments, settlements and administrative impositions, according to a press release.

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