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Medtrade shifts to shorter show

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05/19/2017

ATLANTA – Medtrade officials have shortened this year’s show and added a cash incentive to attendees who stick around for the duration.

Congresswoman releases support letter

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05/18/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. R-Wash., is circulating a sign-on letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.

Rep. Blackburn introduces prior auth legislation

Stakeholders applaud the move, believe CMS isn’t moving fast enough to require PA for broader spectrum of HME
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05/17/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation that would require prior authorization for certain high priced HME, AAHomecare reported this morning.

In brief: CGS begins payment adjustments, Praxair-Linde deal back on

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05/12/2017

WASHINGTON – CGS will begin adjusting tens of thousands of claims from non-competitive bidding areas each day for about the next 24 weeks, the DME MAC for Jurisdictions B and C announced May 8.

CGS begins payment adjustments

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05/10/2017

WASHINGTON – CGS will begin adjusting tens of thousands of claims from non-competitive bidding areas each day for about the next 24 weeks, the DME MAC for Jurisdictions B and C announced May 8.

CMS does ‘whatever it wants,’ say frustrated stakeholders

Adjusted fee schedule not what Congress intended, they say
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05/05/2017

WASHINGTON – While there is “no question” that Congress intended for CMS to reset rural and non-bid area rates for the second half of 2016 to match those of the first half of the year, the agency’s decision not to was, technically, legal, say industry stakeholders.

HME infrastructure crumbles

‘I’ve been saying for a while that I think we’ve crossed the tipping point,’ says one provider
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05/05/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – CMS set out to reduce the number of HME providers with competitive bidding and, as recent data shows, it has done just that, say providers.

In brief: Judge deals setback to Arriva Medical, BioScrip reports earnings

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05/05/2017

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Arriva Medical on April 25 lost an appeal seeking to reinstate its Medicare billing privileges, according to news reports.

NDC, Dedicated Distribution combine to become ‘partner of choice’

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05/05/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NDC, a healthcare supply chain company, has acquired Dedicated Distribution, the companies announced May 4.

Owens & Minor ‘expands continuum’ with Byram acquisition

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05/04/2017

RICHMOND, Va. – Owens & Minor, a global healthcare services company providing supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers, has agreed to pay about $380 million for Byram Healthcare, it announced May 2.

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