CMS Strategy to Reduce Provider Numbers Works Too Well

ATLANTA--CMS might want to reduce the number of home medical equipment providers, but its relentless actions combined with those of Congress could also have dire consequences for Medicare beneficiaries, according to HME stakeholders.  

H.R. 3790 Continues Gains

WASHINGTON--Last week, HME proponents continued the push on H.R. 3790 to repeal competitive bidding.

CMS to Provide File for PECOS Verification

BALTIMORE--While the agency is so far standing firm on its Jan. 4 date--when claims will begin to reject if referring physicians are not registered in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System, or PECOS--an Oct. 30 message seems to indicate that CMS is aware of the issues surrounding the controversial deadline.

Choose Your Poison with DME Excise Tax

WASHINGTON--House plan or Senate plan? For medical device manufacturers looking at proposed excise taxes on DME, it is a case of pick your poison. The $20-billion tax proposed in the House version of health care reform undoubtedly inspires nausea among equipment makers, but the $40 billion advocated by Senate Finance Committee members is, literally, twice as bad.

Red Flags Deadline Delayed for Fourth Time

WASHINGTON--The Federal Trade Commission has announced--for the fourth time--that it will delay enforcement of the so-called "Red Flags Rule" requiring implementation of identity theft prevention measures. The deadline for compliance would have been Nov. 1; that deadline has been moved to June 1, 2010. (See FTC Delays ‘Red Flags’ Rule Deadline, July 29.)


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