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CMS softens safe harbors, exceptions to promote value-based care

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12/03/2020

AMARILLO, Texas – CMS’s recent reforms to the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law will benefit HME providers, but “not a whole lot,” says healthcare attorney Jeff Baird.

In brief: Congressional caucus on sleep, Sullivan Health’s first acquisition, telehealth expansion finalized

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12/03/2020

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has created a Congressional Sleep Health Caucus to promote healthy sleep and the importance of high-quality, patient-centered care for patients.

CMS finalizes telehealth expansion

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12/02/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS permanently expanded certain telehealth services, leveraging an “explosion of innovation” during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a final rule released Dec. 1.

In brief: Stark Law, new sleep company, Oventus-VGM agreement

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11/24/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has finalized a number of changes to the Stark Law, including new permanent exemptions for value-based arrangements, in a 627-page final rule* set to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 2.

CMS modernizes Stark Law

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11/23/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has finalized a number of changes to the Stark Law, including new permanent exemptions for value-based arrangements, in a 627-page final rule set to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 2.

Round 2021: Providers vent, ponder next moves

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11/20/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry reactions to CMS’s plans not to move forward with the bulk of the competitive bidding program were a mixed bag, but a number of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they were disappointed that the agency plays by a “different set of rules.”

Stakeholders push CMS to cover digital health

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11/20/2020

WASHINGTON – AdvaMed and CapView Strategies make the case for covering digital health technology under the existing DME benefit in a new 56-page white paper titled “Modernizing Medicare Coverage of Digital Health Technologies.”

In brief: Virginia budget, vaccine priorities, ALJ backlog

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11/20/2020

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into law a state budget that includes an amendment requiring Medicaid managed care organizations to reimburse at no less than 90% of the state Medicaid fee schedule for DME.

Virginia budget includes provision to protect DME access

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11/20/2020

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into law a state budget that includes an amendment requiring Medicaid managed care organizations to reimburse at no less than 90% of the state Medicaid fee schedule for DME.

AAHomecare asks feds to prioritize DMEPOS suppliers

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11/19/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is asking government officials to include DMEPOS suppliers in the first group of health care professionals to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

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