Legislative


Observation Deck

Flirting with Disaster

OMHA’s decision to delay assigning ALJs to audit appeals for up to more than 24 months does far more damage than holding recouped reimbursement in limbo. Even a cursory investigation of the latest developments make it patently clear that these delays may put more Medicare providers out of business than any other issue facing healthcare companies today.

Another Representative Backs MPP

Rep. Gabbard pushes H.R. 1717 co-sponsor tally to 169 lawmakers.

AAHomecare Makes Ready for ALJ-Delay Meeting

Feb. 12 discussion will address OMHA’s two-year delay on assigning judges to audit appeals.

NCAMES Reschedules Winter Meeting

Snows move date of North Carolina association to Feb. 10-11.

VIDEO: Boston TV Station Investigates Bidding

CBS affiliate helps open general public’s eyes to patient, provider difficulties with program.

Medicare Touts ACO Initiative

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

H.R. 1717 Gains Two More Co-Sponsors

Addition bring support for MPP bill to 168 lawmakers.

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.

Medicare Cuts Hurting Home Health Jobs

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

AAHomecare Maintains MPP Fight

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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