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In brief: Study links non-adherence to readmissions, CMS updates code list for Cures provision

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02/23/2018

DARIEN, Ill. – Non-adherence to CPAP therapy is significantly associated with increased 30-day hospital readmissions, according to a study of patients with obstructive sleep apnea published in a recent issue of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Stakeholders ‘aghast’ at bid proposal

‘We’ve already stripped the benefit and I don’t think there’s any more savings to be had’
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02/16/2018

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say they are as surprised as anyone by a proposal to expand Medicare’s competitive bidding program to rural areas.

CMS upends oxygen CMN

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02/16/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has changed the guidelines for reporting a patient’s oxygen flow rate on a CMN, a move that will have two serious implications for providers, particularly those servicing the critically ill, says Andrea Stark.

In brief: Stakeholders continue push for IFR, host Hill briefing

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02/16/2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to tell him, in writing, the specific steps he would take to make sure the agency reviews and releases an interim final rule.

Health spending to hit 19.7% of GDP by 2026, report says

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02/16/2018

WASHINGTON – National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5% annually over 2017-2026, according to a report published this week by the Office of the Actuary at CMS.

Hill briefing: Associations tag team on access issues

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02/15/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and the American Thoracic Society held a well-attended Capitol Hill briefing on Feb. 14 to detail access problems for patients.

Stakeholders continue drumbeat on IFR

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02/14/2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to tell him, in writing, the specific steps he would take to make sure the agency reviews and releases an interim final rule.

HHS budget proposes bid process for rural areas

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02/13/2018

WASHINGTON – The budget for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2019 proposes two tweaks to Medicare’s competitive bidding program for DME.

Massachusetts Medicaid transitions to preferred supplier

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02/09/2018

BOSTON – If HME providers have to deal with a preferred supplier for incontinence supplies, a new Medicaid contract in Massachusetts might be the way to go.

In brief: AAH, ATS make their case, Hollister Inc. shifts away from wound care

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02/09/2018

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and the American Thoracic Society will share the impacts of Medicare’s competitive bidding program on oxygen patients at a Feb. 14 congressional staff briefing.

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