December 2011

After barrage of criticism and concern, CMS delays power mobility prepayment review project

Besieged for weeks by the HME industry, politicians and advocates for the disabled, the Centers for Medicare...

CMS to modify oxygen audit process, according to AAHomecare

The American Association for Homecare reported late last week that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

President signs bill delaying Medicare cuts to doctors for two months

President Obama has signed a two-month extension to the payroll tax cut, and also delayed by two months a...

Kevin Fly Hill named recipient of AMEPA Outstanding Advocate Award

Kevin Fly Hill, a respiratory therapist and operator of CPS Medical in Texas, has been named recipient of...

Pride hosts 28 students during Disability Mentoring Day

Pride Mobility Products Corp. and Quantum Rehab of Exeter, Pa., recently offered 28 students with disabilities...

NAIMES organizing YouTube Blitz on competitive bidding problems

The National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES) is organizing a YouTube Blitz...

Survey finds problems with competitive bidding for diabetes supplies

A competitive bidding program for diabetes testing supplies is failing to provide Medicare beneficiaries access...

Risky HME providers slipping through NSC application process, OIG reports

Too many risky providers of DMEPOS are slipping inside Medicare’s purchasing system and operating for...

Health Care Industry CEOs Top 2010 Compensation Survey

Three of the 10 highest paid CEOs in 2010 were from the health care provider and services industry, according...

AMEPA Reports Registration Problems for Competitive Bidding Round 2

Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) reported last week that some HME providers were...

Committee Leaders Ask for Information on ZPICS and MACs

Republican leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee have written a letter to the Centers for Medicare...

Congressional Letter Asks CMS to Halt Prepayment Review for Power Mobility

More than 20 members of Congress have signed a letter asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

Congress Takes a Holiday as MPP and Providers Hang With Uncertainty

With Congress on holiday from gridlock in Washington, HME leaders are still urging providers to contact their...

After Congressional Prodding, CMS Announces Independence at Home Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Dec. 20 announced the creation of the Independence at...

Sanomedics Announces Move Into DME and Sleep Market

Sanomedics International Holdings Inc. announced last week it was signing a letter of intent to acquire an...

Highmark Inc. Selling Medicare Claims Processing Subsidiary

Highmark Inc. of Pittsburgh is selling its multi-state Medicare claims processing subsidiary, Highmark Services...

CMS Releases Revised Fact Sheet on Repairs and Replacement Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week a revised repairs and replacement policy...

Congressmen Push CMS to Raise Priority for Independence at Home Program

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., have sent a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, acting director...

AAHomecare Fights Proposal to Restrict HME in Medicare Advantage

The American Association for Homecare is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  to...

Humana Acquires In-Home Care Provider SeniorBridge

Humana Inc. announced last week that it has signed an agreement to acquire SeniorBridge, a New York-based...