Washington Wit & Wisdom

In late May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) announced a proposal to implement a prior authorization (PA) program for certain DMEPOS items. Published in the May 28 issue of... Read more >
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Feb. 26, 2014, and it’s safe to say that no one anticipated CMS would be proposing to scrap... Read more >
On Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, a group of Republican senators—Sens. Richard Burr (NC), Tom Coburn (OK), and Orrin Hatch (UT)—announced an alternative to the Affordable Care Act called the Patient Choice,... Read more >
MPP on Capitol Hill—The industry made tremendous progress in 2013 in garnering the support of 160 Representatives (37 percent of the House) signing on in support of H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS... Read more >
With the government shutdown, business on Capitol Hill has been far from usual. The budget/debt limit controversies are still not resolved; they have only been extended a few months, so we may well... Read more >
Embedded in its annual proposed payment rule for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued on July 8, 2013, a proposed regulation to... Read more >
At press time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a three month “enforcement delay” of the July 1, 2013 start date for implementing the new regulation... Read more >
On March 4, 2013, Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Joe Crowley (D-NY) introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives a bill that would create a separate Medicare benefit category for... Read more >
It really is now or never. And what I mean by that is if we don’t all take responsibility right now to make sure every member of Congress understands what will happen if the 45 percent (on... Read more >
Most Washington insiders agree that in 2013 Congress will focus on deficit reduction and entitlement spending, which includes three major elements: 1) tax reform; 2) entitlement reform, including... Read more >
With the election season now thankfully behind us, we can look back and ask what does the outcome of the election mean for the nation’s health-care systems and our HME provider community? For... Read more >
To state the obvious, it’s a big election year. The frustrating truth about presidential political platforms is that they are purposefully vague, particularly for those of us whose businesses... Read more >
More than three years after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or the Health Reform Law) was signed into law by President Obama, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read more >
The 2012 Health Reform law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), may be one of the most controversial pieces of health care legislation Congress has passed in... Read more >
With the March 30, 2012, bid submission deadline behind us, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement of the rebid schedule for the initial nine Round 1 bid... Read more >