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Bill seeks to clarify compounding provisions

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06/15/2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would clarify congressional intent on several compounding provisions included in the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013.

A nail, a horse, and a lost war

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Weesie Walker, the executive director of NRRTS and before that a long-time clinician with National Seating and Mobility. Here’s the thing about Walker: She may be one of the most unassuming people you know, but she’s also one of the smartest.

Bill tries to force CMS’s hand on O&P certification

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05/30/2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have once again introduced a bill that calls on CMS to enforce a law that O&P providers be certified to receive payments under Medicare.

Rep. Blackburn introduces prior auth legislation

Stakeholders applaud the move, believe CMS isn’t moving fast enough to require PA for broader spectrum of HME
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05/17/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation that would require prior authorization for certain high priced HME, AAHomecare reported this morning.

Cures Act update: Could bill in Minnesota serve as template for relief?

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04/03/2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota could be the first state to introduce legislation to stave off a “pay for” in the 21st Century Cures Act that limits the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement for DME to competitive bidding-influenced Medicare reimbursement starting Jan.

Bills introduced to protect accessories

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03/03/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry champions in the Senate and House of Representatives have introduced bills to permanently stave off Medicare’s plans to apply competitive bidding-influenced prices to accessories for complex wheelchairs.

Reps. Crowley, Sensenbrenner introduce separate benefit bill for complex rehab

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02/03/2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., have introduced a bill that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab technology.

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.

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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