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Cures Act update: Could bill in Minnesota serve as template for relief?

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04/03/2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota could be the first state to introduce legislation to stave off a “pay for” in the 21st Century Cures Act that limits the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement for DME to competitive bidding-influenced Medicare reimbursement starting Jan.

CMS eases requirements for changing providers

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04/03/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS has instructed the DME MACs to accept timely orders and medical documentation whether they come from a beneficiary’s treating physician or a transferring HME provider.

In brief: Philips buys pharmacy sleep services provider, Roche sues over alleged rebate scheme

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03/31/2017

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, and SYDNEY – Royal Philips has signed an agreement to buy Australian Pharmacy Sleep Services, in a move that the company says will accelerate its home sleep testing offering through the pharmacy channel in Australia.

New York, New Jersey form NEMEP

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03/27/2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York and New Jersey are the two latest states to merge their HME associations.

‘Right this wrong,’ providers tell CMS

Callers to forum outline problems related to drastic rate cuts
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03/24/2017

WASHINGTON – From Martha’s Vineyard to the Pacific Northwest, rural HME providers are struggling to survive in a post-competitive bidding world, they told CMS officials during a call March 23.

New RAC starts ‘slow and steady’

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03/24/2017

LIVERMORE, Calif. – Performant Recovery was officially up and running as of March 8, but the new national RAC for HME is taking its time ramping up its activities.

In brief: AAH, VGM call on Price to take action; stakeholders question CMS’s authority to bundle

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03/24/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has outlined several recommendations for fixing the competitive bidding program in a new letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

AAHomecare calls on Price to take action

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03/24/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has outlined several recommendations for fixing the competitive bidding program in a new letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Stakeholders question authority to bundle

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03/23/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS does not have the authority to implement bundled bidding programs for CPAP or other HME, because it would jeopardize patient access to specific equipment, say industry stakeholders.

VGM calls on Price to take action

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03/21/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group outlined three priorities that need “immediate action,” including relief for HME providers rural areas, in a March 20 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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