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In brief: Centene, WellCare merger finalized; Aeroflow partners with network

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01/24/2020

ST. LOUIS – Centene Corp. has completed its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, creating what it calls the leading healthcare enterprise focused on government-sponsored healthcare programs.

Centene, WellCare merger finalized

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01/24/2020

ST. LOUIS – Centene Corp. has completed its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans, creating what it calls the leading healthcare enterprise focused on government-sponsored healthcare programs.

Despite challenges, ‘so far, so good’ for lookup service, CMS says

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01/17/2020

WASHINGTON – Getting providers to participate in a pilot Documentation Requirement Lookup Service has been a challenge, CMS officials said during a Special Open Door Forum on Jan. 16.

In brief: AAH says to keep using WOPDs; CareCentrix provides additional details on change

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01/17/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare recommends that providers continue to obtain written orders prior to delivery for HME until CMS publishes a “required list.”

AAH: Keep using WOPDs—for now

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01/14/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare recommends that providers continue to obtain written orders prior to delivery for HME until CMS publishes a “required list.”

'Wiser' CMS executes new order

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01/10/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are cautiously optimistic that CMS’s new standard written order will streamline documentation and reduce denials for HME.

Is e-prescribing at a stalemate?

‘It’s really up to the ordering physician or hospital’
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01/10/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s Kim Brummett and a group of providers recently briefed a CMS contractor on why there isn’t greater adoption of e-prescribing platforms for HME.

In brief: SMRC warns of audit risk, AAH monitors CareCentrix

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01/10/2020

ATLANTA – The SMRC is holding ordering practitioners accountable and acknowledging that provider payments for DMEPOS are reliant on their documentation, the van Halem Group reports.

CMS ushers in Standard Written Order

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01/07/2020

WASHINGTON – Only one type of order is now needed for DMEPOS claims, starting with dates of service Jan. 1, 2020, according to the DME MACs.

To help reduce provider burden, a new Standard Written Order (SWO) replaces the following types of orders:

SMRC warns of audit risk—for ordering practitioners

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01/07/2020

ATLANTA – The SMRC is holding ordering practitioners accountable and acknowledging that provider payments for DMEPOS are reliant on their documentation, the van Halem Group reports.

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