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Comments in hand, industry ready to roll on broader relief

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders feel they have a “fair shot” at getting broader reimbursement relief for HME providers in all non-competitive bidding areas, rather than in the limited areas proposed by CMS.

West Virginia lawmakers go to bat for HME

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07/25/2018

WASHINGTON – A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency’s May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.

CMS releases adjusted reimbursement rates for rural areas

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05/29/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS last week published the adjusted reimbursement rates that will go into effect for seven months in rural areas.

Post IFR, stakeholders cast wider net for support

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05/25/2018

WASHINGTON – A major goal of the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference last week was determining whether or not Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will continue to lead the HME industry’s bid relief efforts.

Words are great, but now let’s see some action

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Ever since the interim final rule was published in the Federal Register last week, there has been a cloud of disappointment hanging over the HME industry.

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CMS rule falls far short of bid relief

‘We have to go back to Congress and tell them, you have to fix it’
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05/11/2018

WASHINGTON – The long-anticipated interim final rule landed with a thud last week, when it became apparent that it offered little in the way of bid relief, say industry stakeholders.

CMS provides limited bid relief

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05/09/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS will publish an interim final rule in the Federal Register on May 11 that resumes reimbursement rates for DME included in the competitive bidding program to the 50/50 blended rates from June 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2018, in rural areas.

Status changes for bid-related IFR

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05/09/2018

WASHINGTON – The status of an interim final rule that would provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program was changed to “concluded” on May 8.

Bid relief: Sen. Hatch calls for action

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05/04/2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, has written a letter to HHS and CMS urging them to provide relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program, the VGM Group reports.

MAMES honors Heitkamp, Thune

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04/10/2018

DULUTH, Minn. – The North Dakota and South Dakota members of the Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services & Supplies have presented Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen.

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