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McCaskill: Bid program helps regulate system

'We’re trying to put the cow back in the barn,' she says
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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON – Of the two providers that were subpoenaed to testify at a second congressional hearing on HME business practices on May 22, one invoked the Fifth Amendment and the other said he “wants to play by the rules.”

Medicare tweaks documentation process

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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON – Three recent changes to the Program Integrity Manual could give providers some relief from common documentation woes, say industry attorneys.

At the top of the list: a clarification of CMS’s policy on templates.

Providers 'do the right thing' following tornado

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05/24/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Though they weren’t directly affected by the devastating tornado that plowed through nearby Moore on May 20, it hasn’t been business as usual for two HME providers in Oklahoma City.

In brief: Consumers back bill, F&P breaks records, Inova secures financing

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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen consumer groups are throwing their support behind H. R. 1717, a bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP), according to AAHomecare.

Inova secures $12M in financing

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05/24/2013

AUSTIN, Texas – Inova Labs, maker of the LifeChoice oxygen concentrator, has completed a $12 million round of financing, according to an article from the Austin Business Journal.

Carolina’s HME teams up with hospice provider

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05/24/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment has entered into a preferred provider relationship with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR), a not-for-profit organization for patients with advanced illnesses, according to a press release.

Docs to CMS: Streamline prescription process

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05/24/2013

LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians, an organization representing family doctors and medical students, is calling on CMS to simplify the Medicare requirements for prescribing diabetic supplies, according to a press release.

Fisher & Paykel breaks records

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05/23/2013

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare reported net profit after tax of NZ$77.1 million for the year ended March 31, 2013, according to a press release. The record earnings reflect a 20% increase compared to the prior year.

John McCain to accept award from United Spinal

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05/23/2013

NEW YORK – U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will be on hand at United Spinal Association’s annual legislative conference in June to accept an award for his support of a global disabilities rights treaty, according to a press release.

CMS wants feedback on template for prostheses

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05/23/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS plans to host a conference call May 28 to allow providers, physicians and other parties to weigh in on a possible nationwide electronic clinical template for lower limb prostheses.

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