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In brief: AAH, VGM call on Price to take action; stakeholders question CMS’s authority to bundle

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03/24/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has outlined several recommendations for fixing the competitive bidding program in a new letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

AAHomecare calls on Price to take action

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03/24/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has outlined several recommendations for fixing the competitive bidding program in a new letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Stakeholders question authority to bundle

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03/23/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS does not have the authority to implement bundled bidding programs for CPAP or other HME, because it would jeopardize patient access to specific equipment, say industry stakeholders.

VGM calls on Price to take action

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03/21/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group outlined three priorities that need “immediate action,” including relief for HME providers rural areas, in a March 20 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

With Verma in place, it’s time to get to work

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03/17/2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Verma, the new CMS administrator, is a relative unknown as far as HME is concerned, but stakeholders say having new leadership in place offers new opportunities to press forward on a host of issues.

Majority of providers keep business functions in the US

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03/17/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Outsourcing business functions may be on the upswing, but outsourcing them out of the country is still a rarity in the HME industry, according to a recent HME Newspoll.

In brief: ResMed, Philips highlight research on World Sleep Day, national specialty pharmacy providers merge

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03/17/2017

AMSTERDAM – Adults recognize that sleep is important, but they still prioritize other things in their lives over sleep, according to a new international survey published by Royal Philips on World Sleep Day.

Verma is your new CMS administrator

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03/14/2017

WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted 55-43 to approve the nomination of Seema Verma, a health policy consultant from Indiana, as CMS administrator.

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.

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