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MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program

Commission says CMS has authority to include more products, like vents, in program
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06/18/2018

WASHINGTON – MedPAC’s June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare’s payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse.

Newspoll: Providers reconsidering credit card policy

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06/15/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Fewer than half (36%) of providers say they keep a credit card on file for customers but that may be changing, say respondents to a recent HME Newspoll.

In brief: CMS to allow use of IFR rates, ActivStyle boosts biz

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06/15/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has agreed that states can process claims using the higher fee schedule amounts for claims in rural areas from June 1-Dec. 16, 2018, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

Florida Medicaid: FAHCS lawyers up

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06/08/2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fearing another Univita debacle, the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services has retained legal counsel to ensure that the state’s Medicaid managed care contracts are aboveboard.

In brief: AAH reports drop in suppliers, Trustees report shaky finances

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06/08/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s latest analysis shows a 33% decrease in the number of unique traditional DME suppliers since the beginning of competitive bidding and a 31% decrease in the number of traditional DME supplier locations.

AAH reports drop in suppliers

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06/08/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s latest analysis shows a 33% decrease in the number of unique traditional DME suppliers since the beginning of competitive bidding and a 31% decrease in the number of traditional DME supplier locations.

GAO: MCOs need more oversight

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06/07/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS should take steps to mitigate program risks in managed care, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Medicare’s finances get shakier

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06/06/2018

WASHINGTON – Part of the Medicare Trust Fund will run out of money three years earlier than expected, according to a new report from the Medicare Board of Trustees.

What’s the score? Industry needs to stay focused

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06/01/2018

WASHINGTON – A huge variance in cost estimates for a proposal to expand the competitive bidding process to all areas of the country may be eye-catching, but industry stakeholders remain focused on the big picture.

In brief: CMS releases adjusted rates, ResMed buys another software provider

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06/01/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS on May 25 published the adjusted reimbursement rates that will go into effect for seven months in rural areas.

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