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AAHomecare: Extend sequester cuts

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11/13/2020

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has joined a coalition of 27 major medical groups calling for Congress to extend relief for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS to loosen referral requirements for therapeutic shoes

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11/13/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS will launch a demonstration project to allow nurse practitioners to certify that therapeutic shoes are necessary.

CQRC ties COPD awareness with bid relief

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11/11/2020

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care recognizes November as National COPD Awareness Month by commending CMS for its plans not to award competitive bidding contracts to 13 product categories, including oxygen supplies and equipment, in 2021.

CMS announces slight increase for Medicare Part B premiums

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11/10/2020

WASHINGTON – The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $148.50 in 2021, an increase of $3.90 from 2020, CMS has announced.

Patty Mastandrea on the balancing act

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11/06/2020

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Patty Mastandrea, the 2020 HME Woman of the Year, says the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for female leaders. Here’s what Mastandrea, who as CEO of MedCare Equipment Company leads 330 employees, had to say about balancing professional and personal priorities, as well as being nimble during challenging times.

In brief: Spiro Health grows, FDA warns, AAH comments

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11/06/2020

SANDWICH, Mass. - Spiro Health has acquired Absolute Respiratory Care in Johnston, R.I., further cementing its presence in New England and the Northeast.

FDA on oxygen concentrators: Don’t try them at home without scripts

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11/04/2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to use oxygen concentrators in their homes unless prescribed by a health care provider in a consumer update posted to its website on Oct. 30 as the number of cases of COVID-19 spikes across the country.

Medtrade offers education on timely topics

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11/04/2020

ATLANTA – The Medtrade Virtual Conference that kicks off today will explore CMS’s decision to remove 13 product categories from Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

AAHomecare comments on product innovation

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11/03/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS needs to move away from the gap-fill methodology and develop an alternative payment system, AAHomecare urges in comments to a recent proposed rule on innovation and technology.

Round 2021 raises big question: Where should pricing be?

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10/30/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders hailed CMS’s decision not to move forward with most of Round 2021 as a “watershed” moment, but they also criticized the agency for trying to have it both ways.

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