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Report: Roche nixes plans to sell diabetes business


NEW YORK – Drugmaker Roche Holding AG is pulling back from plans to sell its blood glucose meter business, Reuters reports.

Contract suppliers must be enrolled in Medicaid


WASHINGTON – Contract suppliers in competitive bidding areas can’t bill dual-eligible beneficiaries for co-pays if they’re not enrolled in the Medicaid program in the relevant state, AAHomecare has notified members in a bulletin.

OIG to NY: Establish bid program for diabetes test strips


WASHINGTON – The New York State Department of Health could have saved about $5.9 million by establishing a competitive bidding program for diabetes test strips like Medicare, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Beacon breaks ground


ELKHART, Ind. – Beacon Health System plans to begin construction June 12 on its new general home care building, according to an article from the South Bend Tribune.

Humana follows Medicare’s lead


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When it comes to the steep cuts Medicare plans to implement as part of Round 2 of competitive bidding, industry stakeholders have been waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Rhode Island: Medicaid tries to go retro on rates


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State officials have delayed a rate cut to the Medicaid program in response to concerns from HME providers. 

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator


WASHINGTON – In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner as the first full-fledged administrator for CMS since 2006, according to multiple reports. Senators voted 91-7 to back President Barack Obama’s nominee.

OIG: Illinois could have saved $8.5M on diabetes test strips


WASHINGTON ­– Illinois could have saved an additional $8.5 million in 2011 by reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates for diabetes test strips to Medicare rates, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Washington state passes CRT bill


OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state legislature has approved HB 1445, a bill that creates a separate benefit category for complex rehab technology (CRT) within the Medicaid program, according to a press release from NCART.

Federal pressure on Medicaid trickles down


WASHINGTON – With state Medicaid programs collectively owing more than $225.6 million in overpayments to CMS, HME providers can expect to see those programs look their way.