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CMS is listening. Are you part of the conversation?

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02/24/2012

My main takeaway from the CMS's Health Care Innovations Summit on Jan. 26 is that CMS is definitely trying to dispel any notion that it might be a slow moving, bureaucratic agency. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMI) has $10 billion to invest in innovative ideas. The health reform law requires CMI to test payment and service delivery models to determine their effectiveness at controlling expenditures while delivering quality care to beneficiaries within the Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Moving beyond the traditional demonstration projects CMS has conducted for 40 years, the agency now has the authority to implement CMI projects of unlimited duration on a national basis if they reduce government spending and improve the quality of care. Marilyn Tavenner, the new acting administrator of CMS, and Dr. Rick Gilfillan, the head of CMI, made it clear that every project at CMI would be measured against CMS's three-part aim: better care and better health at lower costs through continuous improvement.

Top 10 ways to grow top-line profitability

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02/24/2012

Competitive bidding is either a threat or an opportunity--it depends on whether you see the glass as half empty or half full, and how you prepare and respond to this inevitability. In light of competitive bidding and all of the news it has generated, here are 10 surefire ways you can grow your top-line profitably.

Best Rehab Technology Provider

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01/22/2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Teresa Glass Owens once had a friend who was fired from UPS after only two weeks of employment there.

Letter to the editor: Users will tell you TENS works

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01/22/2012

The most important element needed in your story is that CMS has never even tried to contact users at home ("Trouble for TENS?" HME News, November 2011). All they would have to do is look at their database and see who is currently receiving electrodes to use TENS and ask them--period. They would not need to have to review any articles. I guess that might not fit their study data and that would be too easy. The administration needs to get money out of Medicare to fund the Affordable Care Act, which is destroying the economy.

Letter to the editor: Accreditation: WellPoint responds

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01/22/2012

I read the following article in on your web site "Accreditation: Medicare's requirement not foolproof," HME News November 2011).  I was disappointed that WellPoint was not contacted for comment on this story.

Modification, not elimination

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01/22/2012

It's never a good feeling when we send our January issue to the printers in mid-December and it has three stories about a new power mobility device demonstration, including a front-page story, and CMS decides on Dec. 29 to postpone said demo "until further notice."

Letter to the editor: PECOS: 'Whole process very trying'

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01/22/2012

I wasted several hours trying to fill out the application (855S) on the PECOS site ("Revalidation: Check the list twice," HME News, January 2012). It only allows new suppliers to apply.

Audits: Part 2

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01/22/2012

Editor's note: This is Part II of a five part series. Part III will address post-payment audits; Part IV will compare post-payment audits and prepayment reviews conducted by DME MACs with those conducted by ZPICs; and Part V will discuss contractor abuses and the steps that AAHomecare and industry stakeholders are taking to correct the abuses.

How big is your vocabulary? 3,500 words can make a difference

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01/22/2012

The HME industry is beset by challenges beyond anything imagined just 10 years ago. From the implications of ACOs to competitive bidding to ZPICs, industry stakeholders, regardless of their views, must take steps to either defend or challenge these changes. In short, effective communicators are needed. Are you ready to speak your mind?

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01/03/2012

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