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Congressional letter to HHS Secretary Price Gaining Support

The reported number of signers to the congressional letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Verma from Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and others is nearing 50 and will likely climb this week. Click here to view the current list of cosigners. It is very important to get your member of Congress on this

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A Recap of 2017 Legislative Efforts and Continuing the Fight

There have been several key developments in the past several weeks, which our grassroots coalition must continue to push forward to gain their legislators support. Congressional Letter to HHS Secretary Price The letter being led by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Diana Degette (D-Colo.) is calling for reforms

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U.S. House Small Business Committee Members Preparing Letter to HHS

U.S. House Small Business Committee Members Preparing Letter to HHS In an effort spearheaded by MAMES (Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services) and its president, Patrick Naeger, independent HME suppliers have gained the attention of the House Small Business Committee. Much like the concerns prompting a letter being circulated by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)

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Providers Meet in Michigan to Discuss Proposed Rate Cut from BCBS

Tom Powers, of VGM Government Relations, traveled to Lansing, Michigan, with a few other Michigan providers yesterday to meet with Al Pscholka, budget director for the state of Michigan, and two Medicaid representatives. The meeting was with a small number of providers in order to start a discussion about the proposed rate cuts from Blue

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CGS preparing for mass adjustments as a result of 2016 CURES Act

Yesterday DME contractor, CGS announced they are preparing to begin mass adjustments to all claims covered under the Section 16007 of 21st Century Cures Act for DMEPOS items for Jurisdiction B and C. It was indicated in yesterday’s announcement that the process will take approximately 24 weeks to complete, adjusting up to 40,000 claims per

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CMS Releases Updated Adjustments for July 2016 Retroactive Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released update fee schedules for the July 2016 adjustment for rural and non-bid areas, which the 21st Century Cures Act authorized late last year. As expected, CMS adjusted the new rates by including prices from the most recent round of competitive bidding. Including the additional round

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Play a direct role in reforming competitive bidding – Submit your data now!

With the new administration settling in, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leadership starting to evaluate programs of the previous administration, there are few better times to make the case for reform. In order for the competitive bidding program to improve patient access to durable medical equipment, things must change. In order

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Submit Your Comments to CMS on Competitive Bidding by April 6th

For those who have not submitted comments yet to CMS on the impacts of competitive bidding to your business, be sure to submit them by April 6 to be considered. CMS is mandated to solicit and take into account stakeholder input related to adjustments of fees paid in non-competitive bidding areas beginning in 2019. CMS

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Providers share input to CMS on the impact of competitive bidding

Providers from across the country dialed in to a phone call this afternoon to hear directly from the agency on developments stemming from the Cures Act, and to provide input for future rounds of competitive bidding. The call was well attended and XX different providers having the opportunity to share how the competitive bidding program

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