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CMS Threatens Mandatory Competitive Bidding for State Mental Health Services

Editor’s Note:  CRE has long warned of CMS’ intent to massive expand competitive bidding.

From: The Seattle Times

Editorial: Feds make a hash of state’s mental-health system

An obscure federal auditing issue may require the state to quickly tear up its outpatient mental-health system.

Seattle Times Editorial
THE U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services informed the state of Washington that the state’s outpatient mental-health system violated federal procurement laws, as articulated in OMB Circular A-87.

Hope that didn’t lose you. That accountant-speak is bone-dry.

But the consequences of the July 5 letter are huge, and will require immediate, focused attention by state … Continue Reading

PFQC spotlights South Carolina

From: HME News

Beneficiary told to travel 150 miles for power wheelchair

by: Theresa Flaherty

CHARLESTON, S.C. – It’s a scenario that’s likely playing out in competitive bidding areas (CBAs) across the country: Medicare beneficiaries that can’t get the equipment they need.

Richard Drake, a retired businessman who suffers from hereditary neuropathy in both legs, which has left him unable to walk or stand, is one of those beneficiaries. Just prior to the July 1 start date of the program, he learned he qualified for a power wheelchair.