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Stakeholders raise alarms on two CMS proposals

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09/05/2019

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders urge providers to comment on a proposal that would rescind certain Medicaid regulations regarding a state’s obligation to assess and monitor beneficiary access when requesting approval to reduce or restructure payment rates.

PFQC launches consumer survey

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04/02/2019

WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care has launched a survey for Medicare beneficiaries and family caregivers to measure their experiences getting durable medical equipment and supplies.

NCART seeks managed care data

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03/01/2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. – NCART has developed a survey for suppliers and manufacturers to share information on reduced access to complex rehab technology at the hands of Medicaid managed care organizations.

Oxygen patients are worse off, report finds

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12/11/2018

NEW YORK – A new report published in the December Annals of the American Thoracic Society highlights the problems many patients with lung disease experience in getting and using supplemental oxygen.

Insulin use to increase, study finds

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11/29/2018

NEW YORK – The amount of insulin required to treat Type 2 diabetes is expected to increase by more than 20% from 2018 to 2030, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

Study details increased Part A costs due to bid program

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07/31/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has added a study that shows the cost shift that is happening as a result of reduced access to DME for Medicare beneficiaries to its lobbying toolbox.

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.

Calm before the storm?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I wrote a blog earlier this year about how competitive bidding has affected access to home medical equipment.

German ruling paves way for access to ReWalk

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08/11/2016

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – The ReWalk exoskeleton system has been declared medically necessary by the Social Welfare Court of Speyer in Germany, announced ReWalk Robotics, the developer and manufacturer of the ReWalk.

OIG adds fifth bid study

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01/09/2015

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has agreed to investigate the impact of competitive bidding on access to DME.

Back in July, 137 lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., asked the OIG to conduct the study.

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