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States move to single-source more and more DME

‘They’re commoditizing this portion of health care, and it’s scary to think about how far they’ll take it’
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07/21/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Distributors have been picking up Medicaid contracts for incontinence supplies in a number of states for years. Now the stakes have been raised.

‘What shift?’ HME industry divided over role of young professionals

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07/21/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – The VGM Group gave a nod to young professionals when it hosted a meet-up for the HME Young Professionals Group at the Heartland Conference in June, but it turns out the HME industry is still very much gray.

In brief: ConvaTec adds distribution business, Compass Health launches new product line

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07/21/2017

READING, United Kingdom – ConvaTec, a global medical products company, has agreed to pay nearly $121 million for Woodbury Holdings, a distributor of incontinence and catheter supplies.

Stakeholders apply steady pressure for bid relief

Recent data analysis by AAHomecare shows 42% reduction in number of providers from 2013 to 2017
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07/14/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say they’re primed to build further support for bid relief after a post-July 4th recess surge resulted in a total of 48 signatures for a Senate sign-on letter.

In brief: Tricare will make payment adjustments; Hospital HME, DASCO form partnership

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07/14/2017

WASHINGTON – Tricare, the healthcare program for uniformed services members and their families, will also adjust payments from June through December 2016 per a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act, according to AAHomecare.

Price now has letters from both Senate, House

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07/12/2017

WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders collected 48 signatures for a letter from Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to use his regulatory authority to provide relief from competitive bidding in rural areas, VGM reported this morning.

Tricare will make payment adjustments

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07/07/2017

WASHINGTON – Tricare, the healthcare program for uniformed services members and their families, will also adjust payments from June through December 2016 per a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act, according to AAHomecare.

In brief: Senate letter approaches deadline, Brightree beefs up resupply management solution

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07/07/2017

WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders have until Tuesday, July 11, to collect signatures for a letter from Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to use his regulatory authority to provide relief from competitive bidding in rural areas.

Cures adjustments require planning

‘This is not a Publishers Clearing House prize, where they show up at the door and give you a cardboard check’
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06/30/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Sure, getting the money they’re owed will be great, but are HME providers ready to process adjusted claims?

In brief: Senators circulate letter, Liberty looks to sell

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06/30/2017

WASHINGTON – A letter urging HHS Secretary Tom Price to use regulatory authority to provide bid relief in non-bid areas is now circulating in the United States Senate.

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