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Layoffs, Closures and Threats: Home Health Care News’ Most Popular Stories of 2014

Policy changes, blockbuster mergers and acquisitions, as well as layoffs, closings and caregiver labor debates characterized the home health and hospice sector in 2014. Mounting reimbursement pressures forced some of the nation’s largest provider to shutter operations and lay off hundreds at some locations, while other big players turned to the acquisition market to fuel their […]

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Home Health Leaders Back Congress’ New Budget Deal

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health providers, has commended Congress for passing a budget package that calls for further analysis of face-to-face regulations and broad funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit.  Included in the legislation is language that requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to […]

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Medicare, Medicaid Net $2.3 Billion in Health Care Fraud Recoveries in 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30, the federal agency announced in a report Thursday. Of that total, $2.3 billion was recovered from health care-related frauds.  FY 2014 marked the fifth […]

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CMS Announces Next Phases of DME Bidding Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the next steps of its Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, including the bidding timeline for the Round 2 re-compete and the national mail-order re-compete. As required by law, CMS made its announcements last Thursday, also launching a comprehensive […]

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Senate Proposes Bipartisan Competitive Bidding Bill

Following proposed legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate has introduced a similar bill that would correct what some believe to be flaws in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME).  Late last week, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the […]

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