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In brief: Verma one step closer to CMS, bills introduced to protect accessories

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03/03/2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Verma is headed to the full Senate for confirmation as CMS Administrator.

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 13-12 to advance Verma’s nomination.

Verma one step closer to CMS

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03/02/2017

WASHINGTON – Seema Verma is headed to the full Senate for confirmation as CMS Administrator.

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 13-12 to advance Verma’s nomination.

AAH appeals to Price to freeze rates

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03/02/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has asked newly minted Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price to issue an interim final rule to repeal the fully adjusted Medicare rates that originally went into effect in non-competitive bidding areas on July 1, 2016.

Industry to CMS: Build out phone demo

‘This is really the first CMS innovation that is really worth a darn,’ says Andrea Stark
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02/24/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are throwing their support behind expanding a demonstration project that allows providers to speak with reconsideration professionals by phone to try and resolve their appeals.

In brief: Study finds DME saves money, Tricare agrees with rollback

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02/24/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – Upfront spending on durable medical equipment saves Medicare money in the long run, according to an updated study conducted by Leitten Consulting for The VGM Group.

Consultant's corner: Roberta Domos takes her own advice

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02/24/2017

REDMOND, Wash. – There’s a good reason why you haven’t seen HME consultant Roberta Domos on the speaking circuit in a few years.

Updated study finds DME saves money

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02/23/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – Upfront spending on durable medical equipment saves Medicare money in the long run, according to an updated study conducted by Leitten Consulting for The VGM Group.

Bid relief needs adjustment, stakeholders say

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02/17/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has said it plans to use the lower payment amounts that went into effect July 1 as part of its calculation for retroactive adjustments, but that’s not what Congress intended, say industry stakeholders.

Providers cheer bid delay

‘It needs to be replaced with a whole new program that actually works,’ wrote one respondent to recent HME Newspoll
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02/17/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – CMS’s recent decision to temporarily delay Round 2019 of competitive bidding has given HME providers a ray of hope that substantive changes will be made to the program.

In brief: Remote monitoring spikes in 2016, CMS nominee faces Senate committee

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02/17/2017

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The number of remotely monitored patients, including CPAP patients, grew by 44% to 7.1 million in 2016, according a new report from Berg Insight.

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