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Cures Act passes House

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12/01/2016

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives yesterday passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes important HME-related provisions, by a margin of 392 to 26.

Coloplast to buy Comfort Medical for $160M

Views deal as ‘additional building block in U.S. strategy’
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11/30/2016

MINNEAPOLIS – Coloplast, which has its U.S. headquarters here but is based in Denmark, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Coral Springs, Fla.-based Comfort Medical for $160 million in cash, the company announced Nov. 30.

Coming soon: standards for adaptive equipment

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11/30/2016

WASHINGTON – A bill that requires Veterans Affairs to establish quality and safety standards for adaptive equipment and vehicles is headed to the president’s desk for his signature.

Trump taps HME champion Price as HHS secretary

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11/29/2016

WASHINGTON – President Elect Donald Trump has named Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a long-time champion of the HME industry and its efforts to reform Medicare’s competitive bidding program, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to news reports.

Senators introduce bill to preserve access to diabetes supplies

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11/29/2016

WASHINGTON – Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Mark Warner, D-Va., have introduced a bill that they believe would help ensure that all Medicare beneficiaries have access to their preferred brand of diabetes test strips.

Industry buys time for rural providers, complex rehab accessories

‘It’s just the first step, but an important one,’ AAH’s Ryan says
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11/28/2016

WASHINGTON – The HME industry now has a vehicle in Congress for rolling back a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts that went into effect in non-competitive bidding areas on July 1, AAHomecare reports.

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HME NewsPoll December 2016

There were a number of changes for the HME industry in 2016 that set the stage for 2017, including the national roll out of competitive bidding pricing to rural areas, and an election for a new president. For this HME Newspoll for our December issue, we’d like you to reflect on the year ahead.