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In brief: RAC audits test strips, Medicare overpays for PSG

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06/21/2019

WASHINGTON – Performant, the national RAC for DME, received approval from CMS on June 14 to audit blood glucose test strips (A4253) nationwide.

OIG: Medicare overpaid for PSG services

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06/20/2019

WASHINGTON – Medicare made payments to providers for polysomnography services that did meet billing requirements, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

A peek at the future at Heartland: Savvier patients, digital health and millennials

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06/14/2019

WATERLOO, Iowa – The healthcare industry has gotten smarter about what patients actually want, and HME providers are in the right place at the right time to benefit, said keynote speaker Jeff Cribbs at the Heartland Conference last week.

CBD calls, but will providers answer?

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06/14/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine – Fifty-one percent of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they’re considering adding CBD products to their offerings, but they’re worried about the possible ramifications to their businesses.

In brief: UroMed to close, bid registration opens

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06/14/2019

SUWANEE, Ga. – UroMed, a provider of urological, incontinence and other disposable medical supplies, will close on July 8, according to a letter to its customers.

Register for Round 2021

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06/12/2019

WASHINGTON – Registration is now open for Round 2021 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

CMS makes concessions for support surfaces

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06/07/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has implemented a shorter, five-day turnaround time for prior authorizations for support surfaces, but there are no changes to the coverage criteria, CMS officials said during a Special Open Door Forum on June 4.

In brief: CVS doubles down on HealthHUBs, CMS seeks input on paperwork burden

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06/07/2019

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – CVS Health will open additional HealthHUBs in Houston this year, as well as in Atlanta, Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey and Tampa, the company announced as part of its 2019 Investor Day on June 4.

CMS seeks input on paperwork burden, including documentation requirements for payment

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06/07/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS on June 6 issued a Request For Information on how to streamline regulations and cut the “red tape” that weighs down the healthcare system.

CMS provides new details on prior auth process

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06/05/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS will turn around requests for prior authorizations for support surfaces in five business days, the agency announced during a Special Open Door Forum on Tuesday.

CMS will turn around expedited requests in two days, it says.

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