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Title: Support HR5083
Posted on: 07/15/2014
Description: <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><em><span style="font-family: &quot;GoudyOldStyleT-Italic&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt"> </span></em><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 14pt"><span>&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><span><font size="3">&nbsp;</font></span></span><strong><em><u><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 18pt">Issue Brief and Bill Summary</span></u></em></strong><strong><em><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 18pt"> </span></em></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 18pt">&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal" align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 15pt">&nbsp;</span></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal" align="center"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 15pt">Support Medicare DMEPOS Audit Improvement and Reform (AIR) Act &ndash; H.R. 5083</span></strong></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">The Problem </span></strong><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">On December 24, 2013 the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)&mdash;the final level of appeal for Medicare claims&mdash;stopped taking new appeals, including those from the durable medical equipment (DME) industry. Currently, there are approximately 600,000 appeals before the ALJ, of which a quarter are from DME suppliers who have waited more than two years to get to the ALJ. These suppliers face an onslaught of audits from the Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs), Supplemental Medicare Review Contractors (SMRC), Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) and the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing Contractor (CERT). </span></p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: normal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">&nbsp;</span></p><font face="Times New
   
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