Legislative


Medicare Touts ACO Initiative

Savings driven by Medicare and Pioneer ACOs top $380M in first 12 months.

Video: Texas Mobility Patients Vent Frustration

Customers of Dallas provider describe how Medicare policies negatively impact their access to care.

Medicare to Pay for Repairs to Scooter Store PMDs

CMS says it plans to pay for repairs performed on or after Oct. 24 2013.

PCORI Gains Communications Director

Slutsky, PA, MSPH will lead $43 million program to research most effective patient-care communications methods.

Many Providers Frozen by CMS’s ALJ Appeal Delay

Fallout from decision to not assign a judge to new audit appeals for two years felt across healthcare.

Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

California and Pennsylvania lawmakers push H.R. 1717 co-sponsorship to 166 supporters.

CMS Release Jan. 22 Open Door Agenda

DME discussion will include fiscal year 2015 reporting cycle data collection requirements.

AAHomecare Maintains MPP Fight

Association aims for including language in SGR legislation; Rep. Price continues working on H.R. 1717.



Medicare Cuts Hurting Home Health Jobs

New report shows sector lost 3,700 jobs due to 14% cut to HHPPS.

Observation Deck

CMS's Unfair Capped Rental Decision

Why were bone growth stimulators the one item CMS decided not to move from the “inexpensive and routinely purchased” category and into the “capped rental” category?

HMEB, RSM Launch RT Survey

Respiratory professionals urged to complete the 2014 edition of our annual study.

Editor's Note

Upgrading to HME 2.0

CMS's efforts to force competitive bidding on healthcare are about as effective — and error-prone — as installing a the wrong operating system on a computer. Now that Round Two has exposed all the bugs to light, can providers find a feasible work-around?

HME 2014 Preview

2014 Preview

Big Ten

The seventh installment of our annual forecast of key trends, obstacles and opportunities facing the HME provider industry shows that the coming year is one fi lled with challenges, but also chances for providers to reinvigorate their revenues. We examine what’s in store for the next 12 months and how providers should prepare.

Face-to-Face

Business Solutions

The Face-to-Face Countdown

The rollout of CMS's face-to-face requirement has been a non-stop series of delayed dates and constant confusion over what those dates actually mean. Now providers are not only wondering how they can convince legions of referral partners to comply, but what exactly is required and when. We talk to the experts to shed some light on the situation.

Observation Deck

A Washington Agenda for 2014

Key issues facing providers and patients this year, and the opportunities to address them on Capitol Hill. A look back at what transpired in 2013 might help assess the opportunities and threats for the New YEar.

H.R. 1717 Notches Two Additional Backers

Continued lobbying brings MPP bill’s co-sponsors to 164 in remaining days of 2013; industry efforts enjoy renewed vigor.

CRT Stakeholders to Elevate Capped-Rental Discussion

As CMS’s final rule flies in the face of previous Congressional language, industry determines where to target advocacy efforts.

Observation Deck

A Washington Agenda for 2014

As 2013 draws to a close, the past 12 months certainly presented the industry with its share of challenges, from competitive bidding to audits to Medicaid; however, opportunities should exist in 2014 to improve the landscape and improve outcomes.

Two More Lawmakers Back MPP Bill

H.R. 1717 enjoys a continued up-tick in momentum with 162 lawmakers now co-sponsoring the bill.

Shirvinsky Steps Down from PAMS

Executive director of Pennsylvania association leaves after seven years at the helm.

Webcasts

No Weak Links: How Providers Can Forge an Unbreakable Supply Chain
FREE event sponsored by McKesson

Your Audit Action Plan
The latest developments in CMS’s Medicare claims audit program and how you should respond.
FREE event sponsored by Brightree

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