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In brief: CMS solicits input on reimbursement, nat’l RAC ready to roll

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03/10/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has scheduled a call to solicit stakeholder input on its methodology for using information from the competitive bidding program for adjusting Medicare fee schedule amounts in non-bid areas.

HHS still says it can’t meet appeals deadline

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03/09/2017

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services says it won’t meet a deadline to clear a backlog of appeals unless it settles the claims without seeing if they have merit.

CMS solicits input on future reimbursement for non-bid areas

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03/07/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has scheduled a call to solicit stakeholder input on its methodology for using information from the competitive bidding program for adjusting Medicare fee schedule amounts in non-bid areas.

Spring renewal: ‘2017 is our year,’ says AAH’s Tom Ryan

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03/03/2017

LAS VEGAS – The HME industry descended on Medtrade Spring last week with renewed vigor.

Slow but steady: Industry convinces other payers to delay cuts

‘As soon as the Medicare fee schedule is updated, it will be easier’
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03/03/2017

WASHINGTON – The industry’s attempts to get other payers to honor a retroactive delay to Medicare reimbursement cuts are starting to pay off.

In brief: Verma one step closer to CMS, bills introduced to protect accessories

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03/03/2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Verma is headed to the full Senate for confirmation as CMS Administrator.

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 13-12 to advance Verma’s nomination.

Verma one step closer to CMS

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03/02/2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Verma is headed to the full Senate for confirmation as CMS Administrator.

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 13-12 to advance Verma’s nomination.

AAH appeals to Price to freeze rates

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03/02/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has asked newly minted Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price to issue an interim final rule to repeal the fully adjusted Medicare rates that originally went into effect in non-competitive bidding areas on July 1, 2016.

Industry to CMS: Build out phone demo

‘This is really the first CMS innovation that is really worth a darn,’ says Andrea Stark
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02/24/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are throwing their support behind expanding a demonstration project that allows providers to speak with reconsideration professionals by phone to try and resolve their appeals.

In brief: Study finds DME saves money, Tricare agrees with rollback

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02/24/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – Upfront spending on durable medical equipment saves Medicare money in the long run, according to an updated study conducted by Leitten Consulting for The VGM Group.

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