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CMS does ‘whatever it wants,’ say frustrated stakeholders

Adjusted fee schedule not what Congress intended, they say
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05/05/2017

WASHINGTON – While there is “no question” that Congress intended for CMS to reset rural and non-bid area rates for the second half of 2016 to match those of the first half of the year, the agency’s decision not to was, technically, legal, say industry stakeholders.

HME infrastructure crumbles

‘I’ve been saying for a while that I think we’ve crossed the tipping point,’ says one provider
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05/05/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – CMS set out to reduce the number of HME providers with competitive bidding and, as recent data shows, it has done just that, say providers.

In brief: Judge deals setback to Arriva Medical, BioScrip reports earnings

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05/05/2017

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Arriva Medical on April 25 lost an appeal seeking to reinstate its Medicare billing privileges, according to news reports.

NDC, Dedicated Distribution combine to become ‘partner of choice’

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05/05/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NDC, a healthcare supply chain company, has acquired Dedicated Distribution, the companies announced May 4.

Owens & Minor ‘expands continuum’ with Byram acquisition

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05/04/2017

RICHMOND, Va. – Owens & Minor, a global healthcare services company providing supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers, has agreed to pay about $380 million for Byram Healthcare, it announced May 2.

CMS updates fee schedule, AAH pledges to push back

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05/03/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has delivered “a slap in the face” to the HME industry with its updated fee schedule for rural and non-competitive bidding areas, AAHomecare says.

In brief: Data shows sharp decline, Invacare cleared for re-inspection

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04/28/2017

WASHINGTON – Nearly 41% of HME providers have dropped Medicare since July 2013, according to AAHomecare.

That was when Round 2 of the competitive bidding program kicked off in 91 cities with an average reimbursement cut of 45%.

CMS implements audit improvements

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04/28/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced significant improvements to the processing of serial claims for capped rental items and certain inexpensive and non-routinely purchased items, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

CMS data shows sharp decline in number of HME providers

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04/27/2017

WASHINGTON – Nearly 41% of HME providers have dropped Medicare since July 2013, according to AAHomecare.

That was when Round 2 of the competitive bidding program kicked off in 91 cities with an average reimbursement cut of 45%.

Are you RAC ready?

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04/24/2017

Since it’s been so long since HME providers have had to grapple with a RAC, stakeholders offered these pieces of advice:

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