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In brief: BioScrip, Option Care to merge; Aeroflow launches CBD division

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03/15/2019

DENVER – BioScrip and Option Care Enterprises, two of the largest independent providers of home infusion therapy services, have entered into a definitive merger agreement, the companies announced on March 15.

Vents, braces in for Round 2021

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03/11/2019

WASHINGTON – CMS on Thursday afternoon announced its plans for Round 2021 of its competitive bidding program, including 16 product categories.

In brief: Law firm sues Inogen, NSM expands footprint

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03/08/2019

SAN DIEGO – Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd has filed a class action lawsuit against Inogen on behalf of purchasers of the company’s stock between Nov. 8, 2017, and Feb. 26, 2019.

Stakeholders work to line up legislation

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03/01/2019

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is working to get a bill to provide additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate in time for the Washington Legislative Conference in May.

Documentation lookup enters testing phase

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03/01/2019

WASHINGTON – Medicare’s documentation lookup service is moving ahead into various testing phases, according to CMS and other officials on a recent Special Open Door Forum.

In brief: Insulet hits milestone, NCART launches MCO survey

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03/01/2019

ACTON, Mass. – Insulet Corp. has reported net income of $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to a net loss of $6.9 million for the same period in 2017.

Minnesota Medicaid proposes ‘claw back’

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02/22/2019

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – A meeting in early February between HME stakeholders and Minnesota Medicaid officials on how to comply with a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act that requires Medicaid reimbursement not to exceed Medicare allowables ended in a stalemate.

In brief: US joins lawsuit against Arriva, SMRC targets PAP supplies

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02/22/2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Justice Department has joined in a lawsuit that alleges Arriva Medical offered Medicare beneficiaries “free upgrades” of glucometers.

Health share of GDP to hit 19.4% by 2027, report says

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02/22/2019

WASHINGTON – National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5% annually from 2018-2027, reaching nearly $6 trillion by 2027, according to a report published by the Office of the Actuary at CMS.

New court decision on recoupments

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02/15/2019

WASHINGTON – Healthcare attorney Elizabeth Hogue has been watching closely as numerous courts go back and forth on whether or not CMS should be stopped from recouping overpayments until after the ALJ level, but she thinks a recent court’s decision is “really serious.”

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