Notable & Quotable
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— The Editors
“The unprecedented $9.5 billion reduction in improper
Medicare payments reflects our commitment to careful measurement
and targeted oversight, and we intend to keep building on those
-CMS Administrator Mark McClellan on the agency's aggressive oversight and improvement efforts, which last year, cut improper payments for fee-for-service Medicare claims in half.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
“Even at $57 per month, the dispensing fee does not
cover the many services associated with providing home inhalation
therapy to medicare beneficiaries … and there is no data that
justifies a reduction in the fee.”
-A response from The American Association for Homecare to a reduction in CMS' dispensing fee for Part B respiratory medications, to begin this year.
Source: American Association for Homecare
7,918 The number of people who will turn 60 each day in 2006.
That amounts to 330 every hour.
-According to the most recent estimates, there were 78.2 million baby boomers as of July 1, 2005. This year, the oldest of the baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, will turn 60 years old.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
“RAMP does not believe [that requiring] physicians to
provide suppliers with documentation of medical need directly from
progress notes will address CMS' stated objective of ensuring the
existence of adequate documentation to substantiate medical
need … this new process also will not address CMS'
objective to reduce the possibility of fraud and abuse. In fact, it
may actually make it easier for such activities to
-A response from RAMP outlining what the group believes are flaws in CMS' Interim Final Rule on power mobility devices.
Source: Restore Access to Mobility Partnership