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Minnesota: Bills seek permanent fix


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a pair of bills that seek to unlink Medicaid pricing from competitive bid pricing.

Midwest Medical hosts Sen. Thune


WATERTOWN, S.D. – Midwest Medical, a member of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services, hosted a meeting with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on Feb. 19 to discuss concerns over the impact of competitive bidding in rural areas.

Iowa: MAMES considers licensure requirement


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) has created a task force to develop state licensure language for Iowa to protect local businesses and Medicare beneficiaries.

Stakeholders warn state lawmakers on bidding supplies


WASHINGTON – A recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report calls on CMS to urge states to cut costs on incontinence supplies, and the agency agreed. Industry stakeholders warn that could lead to an expansion of competitive bidding.

Minnesota: Medicaid cuts defeated


SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Medicaid in February reversed a decision that would have taken 2% of nearly every Medicaid dollar paid to HME providers during the federal sequestration period.

Here's your warning: PECOS edits on way


BALTIMORE – CMS will kick off phase 2 of the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) on May 1, it announced March. 1.

Associations make changes to drive growth


The year ahead promises plenty of challenges for the HME industry, so member organizations are taking steps to better prepare themselves.

For AAHomecare, one of those steps is increasing membership.

MAMES conducts survey on audits


NORTH STILLWATER, Minn. – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) is conducting a survey on Medicare audits in light of reports from several members that audits are being denied for technical reasons, not due to Medicare policy.