December 2011

NCPA launches new program to help pharmacies overhaul ‘front end’

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has launched a new service, “Front End Overhaul…More...

Medicare claims contractors to hold institutional provider claims during test

To test system changes, Medicare claims administration contractors will be holding some institutional provider...

Vera Jackson new CEO of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Vera Jackson has been selected as the new executive director and chief executive officer of the American Society...

CBIC issues fact sheet, makes modifications to Round 2 of competitive bidding

The Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) has issued a new fact sheet providing antitrust guidance...

Materials from Hospital Bed Webinar Available

The Jurisdiction B Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractor (DME MAC) recently conducted...

HME Advocates Urged to Work with States on ‘Essential Health Benefits’

The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that states will have more flexibility...

Rotech Healthcare Acquires Three Home Medical Companies

Rotech Healthcare Inc., a large provider of home medical equipment and related products and services, announced...

Jurisdiction B Requiring Narrative for Some Diabetic Test Strip Claims

The Medicare Administrative Contractor for Jurisdiction B, National Government Services, will require suppliers...

New Webcast for Round 2 and National Mail-Order Bidders Now Available

The first in a series of educational webcasts for the Round 2 and national mail-order competitions of the...

Justice Department Reports $2.4 Billion in False Claim Recoveries

The government has recovered $2.4 billion in false claim cases in fiscal 2011, involving mostly federal health...

Q&A Transcript from Jurisdiction B DME MAC Now Available

The Jurisdiction B DME MAC Council Q&A document is now available on the National Government Services website....

Dream Connects with VGM to Offer Prescription, Medical Necessity Software

Dream Software and VGM Group Inc. have joined forces to help providers standardize prescription and documentation...

Sunrise Medical launches ‘JAY Your Way’ Cushion Modification Service

Sunrise Medical of Fresno, Calif., on Dec. 13 announced the launch of JAY Your Way, a custom modification...

Fastrack Healthcare System Adds Service to Check Death Records

Fastrack MDI, a new service from Fastrack Healthcare Systems Inc., uses a master death index database that...

GF Health Products Introduces Lumex Non-Tilt Composite Overbed Table

GF Health Products, Inc. last week introduced the Lumex Non-Tilt Composite Overbed Table. The table is well-suited...

Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Fund Shutting Off Claims

A fund to help cover health insurance for more than 5 million early retirees will stop taking claims for expenses...

Federal Court Bars North Carolina Medicaid From Restricting In-Home Services

A federal court in North Carolina has granted a preliminary injunction barring the state from implementing...

CMS Posts Version 3.2 of Medicare Remit Easy Print Software on Website

Version 3.2 of the Medicare Remit Easy Print (MREP) software is available for download at the CMS website....

CMS Posts 2012 ICD-CM Code Updates on Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the 2012 ICD-10-CM code updates to its website....

Former CMS Head Berwick Blasts States for Restricting Hospital Stays

Several states are severely restricting hospital stays in an “nonsensical” effort to hold down...