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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.

Consultant's corner: Roberta Domos takes her own advice

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02/24/2017

REDMOND, Wash. – There’s a good reason why you haven’t seen HME consultant Roberta Domos on the speaking circuit in a few years.

Updated study finds DME saves money

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02/23/2017

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.

Bid relief needs adjustment, stakeholders say

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02/17/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has said it plans to use the lower payment amounts that went into effect July 1 as part of its calculation for retroactive adjustments, but that’s not what Congress intended, say industry stakeholders.

Providers cheer bid delay

‘It needs to be replaced with a whole new program that actually works,’ wrote one respondent to recent HME Newspoll
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02/17/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – CMS’s recent decision to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding has given HME providers a ray of hope that substantive changes will be made to the program.

In brief: Remote monitoring spikes in 2016, CMS nominee faces Senate committee

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02/17/2017

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The number of remotely monitored patients, including CPAP patients, grew by 44% to 7.1 million in 2016, according a new report from Berg Insight.

Number of remotely monitored patients spiked in 2016, according to Berg Insight

ResMed leads sleep vertical, market research firm says
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02/14/2017

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The number of remotely monitored patients grew by 44% to 7.1 million in 2016, according a new report from Berg Insight.

Stakeholders stand ready to change bid program, with Price’s help

The broad underlying statute governing the program gives complete discretion to the administration, they point out
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02/13/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding could mean a revamp of the program, now that Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., is taking the helm at the Department of Health and Human Services, say industry stakeholders.

In brief: CMS releases guidance on bid-rate relief, OIG updates Medicare market shares for diabetes test strips

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02/10/2017

WASHINGTON – Suppliers won’t need to resubmit claims to get retroactive payment adjustments mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act, according to guidance released Feb. 9 by CMS.

Tom Price is in as HHS secretary

‘Dr. Price has a strong appreciation of the role that home medical equipment providers play in allowing people to remain in their homes,’ says AAHomecare’s Ryan
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02/10/2017

WASHINGTON – The Senate early on Friday approved the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Senate voted 52 to 47 to confirm Price, a long-time champion of the HME industry.

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