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Legislation seeks to protect access to diabetes supplies

Although bid program already requires protections, they are not readily enforced
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07/20/2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and Tom Reed, R-N.Y., have introduced a bill to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to their preferred brand of diabetes supplies.

GAO: Cover disposable devices as substitutes for DME

Health and Human Services calls move ‘premature’
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07/19/2017

WASHINGTON – The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services evaluates the possible costs and savings of using disposable devices as substitutes for DME and, if appropriate, seek legislative authority to cover them.

Stakeholders apply steady pressure for bid relief

Recent data analysis by AAHomecare shows 42% reduction in number of providers from 2013 to 2017
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07/14/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders say they’re primed to build further support for bid relief after a post-July 4th recess surge resulted in a total of 48 signatures for a Senate sign-on letter.

Home Health Depot pulls trigger

‘We’re in a very good market to sell’
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07/14/2017

INDIANAPOLIS – With the economy humming and private equity money flowing, Home Health Depot’s Nate Feltman says the time was right to sell the last of the company’s business to Clearwater, Fla.-based Lincare.

On the move: Bill would provide some relief from payment gap

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07/14/2017

WASHINGTON – It’s not a perfect fix, but a new bill that would create a “temporary transitional payment” for home infusion drugs is a step in the right direction, say industry leaders.

Merits builds home access division

Pilot and its straight stairlift will make big debut at Medtrade
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07/14/2017

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The stairlift market, one dominated by a few long-time players, now has a new player: Merits Health Products.

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The VGM Group hosted an inaugural meet-up of the HME Young Professionals Group at its Heartland Conference in June.