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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.

Price ‘hands down’ best pick, poll respondents say

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12/16/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – The overwhelming majority of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll (85%) say the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to the top post at the Department of Health and Human Services could signal the start of good things for the HME industry.

Stakeholders ready case for other payers to follow Medicare

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12/16/2016

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are looking into whether or not other payers should have to follow Medicare’s lead and retroactively delay reimbursement cuts that went into effect in rural areas on July 1.

CMS reports decrease in identified overpayments

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12/16/2016

WASHINGTON – Recovery audit contractors identified and corrected nearly $441 million in improper payments in Fiscal year 2015—a decrease of 82.8% compared to 2014.

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