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Bid relief nears finish line

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12/02/2016

WASHINGTON – The HME industry is within spitting distance of rolling back certain Medicare reimbursement cuts after the 21st Century Cures Act sailed through the House of Representatives last week.

Industry cheers Price nomination

‘He has been an incredibly vocal opponent of CMS’
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12/02/2016

WASHINGTON – As the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., would have a huge agenda—one that, industry stakeholders believe, could better support HME.

Complex rehab accessories: Stakeholders line up for permanent fix in 2017

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12/02/2016

WASHINGTON – The chances are good that industry stakeholders and their champions in Congress will be able to stall CMS’s plans to apply competitive bidding-derived pricing to accessories for complex power wheelchairs for another six months.

Bill clears way for standards for adaptive equipment

‘At the end of the day, (the bill) is a positive,’ says Harmar’s Drew McCartney
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12/02/2016

WASHINGTON – Now that a bill requiring Veterans Affairs to establish quality and safety standards for adaptive equipment and vehicles has finally been passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, the real work begins, say those involved.

In brief: Coloplast buys Comfort Medical for $160M, senators introduce bill to preserve access to diabetes supplies

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12/02/2016

MINNEAPOLIS – Coloplast, which has its U.S. headquarters here but is based in Denmark, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Coral Springs, Fla.-based Comfort Medical for $160 million in cash, the company announced Nov. 30.

Cures Act passes House

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12/01/2016

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives yesterday passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes important HME-related provisions, by a margin of 392 to 26.

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HME NewsPoll December 2016

There were a number of changes for the HME industry in 2016 that set the stage for 2017, including the national roll out of competitive bidding pricing to rural areas, and an election for a new president. For this HME Newspoll for our December issue, we’d like you to reflect on the year ahead.