January 2012

Idaho’s Medicaid cuts create job losses, mental health woes

Idaho’s $35 million in Medicaid cuts have eliminated thousands of jobs, hurt disabled recipients and...

Rate of Americans without health insurance continues to climb

The Gallup and Healthways polling organization reported last week that more American adults lacked health...

CBIC clarifies its clarification on credit reporting deadline

The Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) has done some more digging into the issue of...

Round 1 study triggers alarm, call for Congressional intervention

An analysis of data from Round 1 of competitive bidding is so alarming that Congress must stop expansion of...

Costs for stroke treatment exceed Medicare reimbursement

A recent study in the journal Stroke found that stroke treatment using intravenous thrombolysis costs U.S....

Hospice shows slight growth and declining length of service

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s annual report, “Facts and Figures: Hospice...

Round 2 credit report deadline Jan. 30, Bid Prep consultant warns

Bid Prep Inc., a consulting company for providers participating in the Competitive Bidding Program, sent a...

Maryland licensing problems for Round 2 get CMS attention

Licensing problems associated with Round 2 of the Competitive Bidding Program have made their way on to the...

HME claims plummet in Round 1 areas; patient risks skyrocket

The American Association for Homecare reported last week that an analysis of data from Round 1 of the Competitive...

CBIC clarifies its clarification on credit reporting deadline

The Accredited Medical Equipment Providers of America (AMEPA) has done some more digging on the issue of when...

Cramton study now available on "startling and dramatic" data from Round 1 of competitive bidding

A 165-page, groundbreaking study of data from Round 1 of competitive bidding is now available. Peter Cramton,...

Golden Technologies releases newest power chair, the Alante Sport

Golden Technologies of Old Forge, Pa., last week launched its newest power chair in the Golden line, the Alanté...

HHS estimates savings from electronic standards at $4.5 billion over decade

New standards for electronic funds transfers in health care will save up to $4.5 billion in administrative...

CMS makes three competitive bidding announcements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made three announcements last week for Round 2 and...

HME providers encouraged to contact lawmakers about MPP

It’s important for HME providers to ask their representatives and senators to support the Market Pricing...

Medicare spending for HME shows zero growth in 2010

HME spending hit $7.5 billion in 2010, which represents no growth compared to the previous year, according...

Target deadline today for backup authorized officials to register for competitive bidding

Today is the target deadline for backup authorized officials (BAOs) to register for Round 2 and national mail-order...

U.S. heart attack patients more likely to be readmitted to hospital, study finds

U.S. patients who experience a common type of heart attack were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital...

CMS developing new method for transmitting medical documentation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new method for contractors to receive...

PAOC expiration strips HME of voice on bidding issues, says AAHomecare

The HME sector is losing its only public sounding board for discussing concerns about Medicare’s vast...