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Texas providers beat back rate cuts


AUSTIN, Texas – Providers in Texas have staved off reimbursement cuts proposed by Superior HealthPlan, a managed care company that oversees part of the state’s Medicaid program.

Bid relief: Eyes turn to spending bill


WASHINGTON – A letter asking lawmakers to include H.R. 4229 in an upcoming spending bill has drawn 57 co-signers, according to the VGM Group.

In brief: Sign-on letter calls for ‘immediate action,’ Georgia Medicaid reverses course


WASHINGTON – More than 50 lawmakers signed on to a letter spearheaded by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., that calls on lawmakers to include H.R. 4229 in upcoming legislation to keep the government funded.

Cures update: Georgia Medicaid reverses course


ATLANTA – HME industry stakeholders have succeeded in steering Georgia away from basing its Medicaid reimbursement on competitive bidding-based Medicare reimbursement, AAHomecare reported this week.

Reporter’s notebook: Goal for 2018: ‘Make money, not lose it’


YARMOUTH, Maine – It turns out, “What’s one thing you plan to do differently with your business in 2018,” isn’t a very popular question to ask HME providers.

Stakeholders call for ‘immediate action’ on sign-on letter


WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has released a congressional sign-on letter asking lawmakers to include H.R. 4229 in upcoming legislation to keep the government funded.

Round 2019: ‘Unfeasible if CMS sticks to business as usual’


WASHINGTON – It’s becoming less and less likely that CMS will make its target implementation date for Round 2019, industry stakeholders say.

Trump mostly falls short in first year, respondents say


YARMOUTH, Maine – A little more than half of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say President Donald Trump hasn’t had a positive impact on their businesses in his first year

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


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’

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