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UPDATED: House committee approves new oxygen-related bill

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09/08/2020

WASHINGTON – The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved new legislation that seeks to address unsustainable oxygen reimbursement for stationary oxygen products, including oxygen concentrators, furnished in rural areas.

Bid relief: Everything is on the table, stakeholders say

From getting Senate sign-on letter to finding vehicles for H.R. 2771
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09/04/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders spent the August recess following up with committees of jurisdiction in Congress as part of their continued efforts to pause Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

Depending on the contractor, audits are very much up and running

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09/04/2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Audits have started to pop up in a number of places, including more recently, from the SMRC, says Andrea Stark.

Advocacy: Mind the GAPs

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09/04/2020

WASHINGTON – A revamped Grassroots Accountability Project led by AAHomecare and VGM now has volunteers in place covering legislative offices in 31 states, but it needs more.

In brief: HME Woman of the Year, vent contracts, OIG on NCB

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09/04/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – Carol Gilligan-Chack, Patricia Mastandrea, Tamme Dustin and Terry Racciato have been named finalists for the 2020 HME Woman of the Year. 

CMS mostly followed bid rules, says OIG

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09/03/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS consistently followed established procedures and applicable requirements for its competitive bidding program for the majority of winning suppliers, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Finalists named for HME Woman of the Year

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09/02/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – Carol Gilligan-Chack, Patricia Mastandrea, Tamme Dustin and Terry Racciato have been named finalists for the 2020 HME Woman of the Year.

CMS seeks to modify ‘reasonable and necessary,’ establish MCIT

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09/01/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has published a proposed rule that seeks to codify in regulations the definition of “reasonable and necessary” with modifications, including adding a reference to Medicare patients and a reference to commercial health insurer coverage policies.

‘Life has changed’ for HME providers

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08/28/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – What’s it like to be an HME provider in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic? It runs the gamut from watching your business dry up, to feeling like the mask police to not being able to hug your mom.

In brief: OIG report, call for proposals, new videocast

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08/28/2020

WASHINGTON – Medicare contractors were inconsistent in how they reviewed overpayments during the appeals process, says the Office of Inspector General in a new report.

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