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AAH, VGM respond to Price’s resignation

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10/03/2017

WASHINGTON – While the HME industry has lost a strong advocate in former HHS Secretary Tom Price, AAHomecare and VGM say they won’t be deterred in their fight to reform the competitive bidding program and address other issues.

Tom Price is out at HHS

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09/29/2017

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, a long-time champion of the HME industry, will resign effective 11:59 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 29.

Urgency peaks for bid relief

In play: interim final rule, access survey, legislation
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09/29/2017

WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter that quickly collected 104 signatures last week buoyed spirits, but there’s still no clear indication of when the industry will see the release of an interim final rule related to the competitive bidding program.

Stakeholders wage protracted battle with other payers

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09/29/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent decision by the Washington, D.C., Medicaid program to raise reimbursement for competitive bid items was a win, but stakeholders say it’s a constant battle to keep payers from lowering payments in the first place.

Update in Texas: Nerves rattled as contract’s start date approached

New twist: Superior HealthPlan posts info about forthcoming RFP for new value-based DME network
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09/29/2017

AUSTIN, Texas – The state Medicaid program may have forced Superior HealthPlan to modify its contract with Medline for DME and supplies, but providers say, in reality, they fear not much has changed.

In brief: Consumers support accessories bill, VirtuOx makes buy

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09/29/2017

WASHINGTON – The ITEM Coalition and 32 national consumer and clinical organizations have sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives, asking them to pass a

Survey highlights broken Medicare system

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09/28/2017

WASHINGTON – More than three-quarters of case managers have experienced difficulties with the discharge of patients who need home medical equipment, according to the preliminary results of a new survey from AAHomecare.

Bid relief letter draws 104 signatures

Deadline for signatures was Wednesday
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09/27/2017

WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter in the House of Representatives to pressure the Office of Management and Budget to move on a competitive bidding-related interim final rule has 104 signatures, according to AAHomecare.

Bid relief: Time to rack up co-signers, stakeholders say

‘It’s not time for grassroots to sit back’
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09/22/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., began circulating a sign-on letter Sept. 19 to put pressure on the Office of Management and Budget to move on a competitive bidding-related interim final rule that’s currently under its review.

In brief: Diplomat Pharmacy targets key markets, RemitData sells to eSolutions

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09/22/2017

FLINT, Mich. – Diplomat Pharmacy has acquired Focus Rx Pharmacy Services, a specialty and infusion pharmacy with two locations in New York state.

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