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Industry knew feds would bust ‘obvious’ fraud

‘It’s a clear kickback, black and white’
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04/12/2019

WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders aren’t surprised by a $1.2 billion fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary braces and they’re glad to see “bad actors” punished.

Feds bust $1.2B brace fraud scheme

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04/10/2019

WASHINGTON – The federal government has charged 24 defendants, including executives at five telemedicine companies, the owners of dozens of DME companies and three licensed medical professionals, for their roles in a healthcare fraud scheme that resulted in $1.2 billion i

Pacific Medical target of audit for braces

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01/04/2019

TRACY, Calif. – Pacific Medical did not always comply with Medicare requirements when billing for selected orthotic braces, according to an audit by the Office of Inspector General.

CMS extends comment period

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11/28/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has extended a comment period for its plans to add new product categories to the competitive bidding program.

New online store offers braces and more

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03/22/2018

TAMPA, Fla. – A new online store, Braces, Bandages & Beyond, has launched. The site carries a wide array of items like neck and back braces, splints, and compression stockings, as well as DME like wheelchairs.

Free legal advice Friday

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Friday, September 22, 2017

When you speak to industry attorneys, you get a wealth of information, more than can fit into a 400-word story for the November issue. So here are some outtakes from my recent conversations with Jeff Baird:

Same or separate

Sports clinic brings DME in house

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07/18/2017

VAIL, Colo. – The Steadman Clinic, which offers sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, has added a DME service.

Core Products buys Swede-O

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03/02/2017

OSCEOLA, Wis. – Core Products International, a manufacturer of braces, supports, orthopedic soft goods and hot and cold therapy, has acquired Swede-O. North Branch, Minn.-based Swede-O manufactures products that help to prevent and rehabilitate ankle-related injuries.