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California

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06/22/2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in May issued a revised state budget for 2010-2011 that proposes capping spending for DME to about $1,800 per Medi-Cal recipient per year.

New Jersey

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06/22/2010

TRENTON, N. J. - Providers here got thrown for a loop when the state announced it would reinstitute a prior authorization (PA) process for incontinence supplies–and gave them only three week's notice.

New Hampshire

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06/22/2010

CONCORD, N.H. - HME providers in New Hampshire are reeling from a change in the way the state's Medicaid program pays for products that require prior approvals and are manually priced.

Idaho

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06/22/2010

BOISE, Idaho - The state's Medicaid program, among other things, froze payments to home medical equipment providers for three weeks in June as a way to end its fiscal year in the black.

Iowa: Providers to state: Let's talk

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05/24/2010

"We're trying to convince them to create an advisory council," said Terry Flatt, Iowa state chairman for the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) and executive vice president of Hammer Medical Supply in Des Moines. "They were lukewarm initially, but they are getting (used) to the idea."

Minnesota: Tax on DME? In some cases, yes.

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05/24/2010

"In Minnesota, you could buy a $500 outfit and you wouldn't get taxed, but you could buy a $500 piece of medical equipment and you would," said Rose Schafhauser, executive director of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES). "When we've explained that, it has resonated with lawmakers."

Florida

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04/26/2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state has proposed transitioning most Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care plans, but such a move could shut HME providers out of the program, stakeholders say.

Tennessee: 'It's been very tough when you add up all these cuts'

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04/26/2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After going the better part of 2009 without the state’s Medicaid program chipping in its usual 20% for dual-eligible patients, HME providers are getting somewhat of a reprieve.

New Hampshire: Medicaid springs rate cut on providers

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04/26/2010

CONCORD, N.H. – If only it was an April Fools’ joke. Providers here learned in late March that the state would slash Medicaid rates about 20% on most HME products beginning April 1.

A new spin on bidding

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I talked to a wheelchair provider in Texas last week who told me they have to participate in some kind of bidding system to provide wheelchairs to Medicaid recipients in a certain part of the state.

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