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Bill seeks to strengthen protections for diabetes patients

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10/10/2017

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., have introduced a bill to strengthen the patient protections that are part of Medicare’s national mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies.

Consumers throw support behind accessories bill

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09/26/2017

WASHINGTON – The ITEM Coalition and 32 national consumer and clinical organizations have sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives, asking them to pass a bill that would halt competitive bidding-related prices for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

Temporary payment for home infusion passes House

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07/26/2017

WASHINGTON – A bill that reforms several Medicare benefits, including home infusion and O&P, sailed through the House of Representatives this week.

Bill would fix payment gap for home infusion

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07/11/2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., have introduced a bill that would create a “temporary transitional payment” for home infusion drugs beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

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.

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