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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.

Survey: Access issues aren’t limited to Medicare

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06/05/2019

WATERLOO, Iowa – The inability to get HME and supplies in a timely manner is a widespread concern for patients and caregivers, according to an informal survey conducted by People for Quality Care.

In brief: Crunch time for non-invasive vents, with sign-on letter approaching deadline and patient organizations weighing in

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05/31/2019

WASHINGTON – The deadline for a sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that asks CMS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding could be as early as June 5, AAHomecare reports.

Crunch time for non-invasive vents

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05/31/2019

WASHINGTON – The deadline for a sign-on letter in the House of Represenatives that asks CMS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding could be as early as June 5, AAHomecare reports.

West Va. lawmakers weigh in on bid program

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05/30/2019

WASHINGTON – West Virginia’s congressional delegation recently sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking her to be mindful of the challenges rural providers face in Round 2021.

Heavy hitters weigh in on non-invasive vents

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05/29/2019

WASHINGTON – A coalition of patient organizations “implores” HHS and CMS to permanently exclude non-invasive ventilators from the competitive bidding program.

Determined stakeholders take case to Hill

‘That brush—Medicare—paints everything,’ said one provider
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05/24/2019

WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders weren’t lacking in “asks” going into AAHomecare’s Washington Legislative Conference last week, with a number of bills and letters targeting Medicare’s competitive bidding program in place.

CliffsNotes: How to bid smart

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05/24/2019

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers are swimming in changes surrounding Round 2021, so HME News hopped on the “Bid Smart” webcast last week to hear what would float to the top in a one-hour webcast. Here are some highlights.

Know the ceiling

Stockert stands up

‘Advocacy is a group effort,’ she says
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05/24/2019

WASHINGTON – When you say Barb Stockert, the recipient of the 2019 AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award, lives and breathes advocacy, it’s not a cliché.

In brief: Letters urge CMS to drop vents from bid program, NSM boosts home access biz

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05/24/2019

WASHINGTON – Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., are leading a pair of congressional sign-on letters asking CMS and HHS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

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