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OIG to NY: Establish bid program for diabetes test strips

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07/12/2013

WASHINGTON – The New York State Department of Health could have saved about $5.9 million by establishing a competitive bidding program for diabetes test strips like Medicare, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Beacon breaks ground

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06/11/2013

ELKHART, Ind. – Beacon Health System plans to begin construction June 12 on its new general home care building, according to an article from the South Bend Tribune.

Humana follows Medicare’s lead

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06/07/2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When it comes to the steep cuts Medicare plans to implement as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding, industry stakeholders have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Rhode Island: Medicaid tries to go retro on rates

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05/24/2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State officials have delayed a rate cut to the Medicaid program in response to concerns from HME providers. 

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator

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05/16/2013

WASHINGTON – In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as the first full-fledged administrator for CMS since 2006, according to multiple reports. Senators voted 91-7 to back President Barack Obama’s nominee.

OIG: Illinois could have saved $8.5M on diabetes test strips

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05/09/2013

WASHINGTON ­– Illinois could have saved an additional $8.5 million in 2011 by reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates for diabetes test strips to Medicare rates, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Washington state passes CRT bill

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04/26/2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state legislature has approved HB 1445, a bill that creates a separate benefit category for complex rehab technology (CRT) within the Medicaid program, according to a press release from NCART.

Federal pressure on Medicaid trickles down

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03/22/2013

WASHINGTON – With state Medicaid programs collectively owing more than $225.6 million in overpayments to CMS, HME providers can expect to see those programs look their way.

ADA study: Diabetes costs jump 41% from 2007

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03/07/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The costs associated with diabetes, including medical care and lost productivity, rose from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012, a 41% increase, according to a new study by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). 

New reports: Home infusion drugs, Medicaid overpayments

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02/22/2013

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommends in a new study that CMS change the way it pays for home infusion drugs.

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