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GAO sides with CMS on impact of bid program

‘However, some effects may take longer to appear, underscoring the importance of CMS’s continued monitoring activities’
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08/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Comments in hand, industry ready to roll on broader relief

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders feel they have a “fair shot” at getting broader reimbursement relief for HME providers in all non-competitive bidding areas, rather than in the limited areas proposed by CMS.

In brief: AAH comments on Stark Law, resupplies; Lincare settles

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08/24/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare emphasized the importance of coordinated care in its comments to CMS on possibly relaxing the Stark Law.

AAHomecare submits comments on Stark Law, resupplies

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08/23/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare emphasized the importance of coordinated care in its comments to CMS on possibly relaxing the Stark Law.

AAH responds to recent proposed rule

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08/21/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare argues that CMS should pay HME providers in competitive bidding areas a higher rate during an upcoming “gap period” in the program, according to comments submitted by the association this week in response to a recent proposed rule.

Expect shifts to Medicare’s provider base, poll respondents say

60% of non-contract suppliers, 33% of contract suppliers say they’re out
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08/17/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – The majority of non-contract suppliers who responded to a recent HME Newspoll (60%) say they won’t try to pick up Medicare business starting Jan. 1, 2019.

In brief: VGM rolls out bid-related tools, CRT providers report reduced access

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08/17/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released an interactive tool that allows providers to assess what areas CMS has deemed bid, non-rural, rural and non-contiguous.

In brief: VGM tallies costs by region, Option Care debuts in Louisiana

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08/09/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released the results of a “Delivery Cost Survey” that puts into perspective how costly it is for HME providers to provide patients with the necessary equipment.

Mobility lifts sales at Invacare; Inogen, BioScrip see revenue increases

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08/08/2018

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare reported net sales of $246.2 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $233.5 million for the same period last year, about a 5.4% increase. It reported a net loss of $16.5 million vs. $23.5 million.

VGM tallies costs by region

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08/07/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has released the results of a “Delivery Cost Survey” that puts into perspective how costly it is for HME providers to provide patients with the necessary equipment.

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