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In brief: Judge keeps HHS in hot seat, Senate eyes Price hearings

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01/06/2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stands firm that the Department of Health and Human Services must implement procedures to curtail a massive appeals backlog in a timely fashion.

Appeals: Court keeps HHS in hot seat

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01/06/2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia stands firm that the Department of Health and Human Services must implement procedures to curtail a massive appeals backlog in a timely fashion.

CMS updates draft e-template for oxygen

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01/06/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS held a Special Open Door Forum on Jan. 5 to discuss the third draft of its electronic clinical template for home oxygen therapy.

Senate eyes confirmation hearings for Price

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01/05/2017

WASHINGTON – A key Senate committee will reportedly hold a confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Lawmakers waste no time on repeal

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01/04/2017

WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House of Representatives have set Feb. 20 as a target date to get a bill repealing Obamacare to President-elect Donald Trump.

The year in HME News stories

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12/30/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – 2016 was the year that HME providers fought back.

In brief: Arriva Medical appeals revocation, VGM names new CFO

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12/30/2016

WALTHAM, Mass. – The parent company of Arriva Medical, a contract supplier under Medicare’s national mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies, has filed an appeal with the administrative law judge seeking to reinstate its billing status.

CMS offers guidance on billing for complex rehab accessories

Guidance on rural rates still in the works
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12/27/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS has updated the DME Center page of its website with information on how it plans to implement certain provisions in the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act.

Rural rates for oxygen dip below bid rates

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12/23/2016

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are trying to figure out why the recently released 2017 DMEPOS fee schedule appears to apply a “double dip” cut to rural rates for oxygen concentrators, lowering them to below competitive bidding rates.

In brief: AAH finds big decreases in 2017 fee schedule, Quantum sponsors seat elevation study

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12/23/2016

WASHINGTON – There will be an average decrease in reimbursement of 36.8% in 2017 for the top 25 HCPCS codes for HME, according to a new analysis by AAHomecare of the new reimbursement compared to 2016 and 2015 reimbursement.

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