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OIG: Access to oxygen, enteral supplies not impeded

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05/24/2018

WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

GAO: Extend prior auth program

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05/23/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS should continue with its prior authorization programs and expand prior authorizations to include power wheelchair accessories, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

News from ATS 2018: Philips, ResMed back combined therapy

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05/22/2018

SAN DIEGO – Royal Philips announced new data at ATS 2018 that suggests combining home oxygen therapy with home non-invasive ventilation as treatment for chronically hypercapnic COPD patients is more effective and less expensive than HOT alone.

Stakeholders: ‘We’re an industry living in crisis’

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05/18/2018

WASHINGTON – With the fate and details of the interim final rule no longer a mystery, stakeholders and their champions in Congress are putting their full weight behind H.R. 4229, a bill that would provide more broad-based relief in non-competitive bidding areas.

Extended bid contracts? ‘Either way you lose’

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05/18/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – If CMS decides to extend current competitive bidding contracts, a slight majority (53%) of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they would accept them—reluctantly.

Upcoming meeting matches sleep patients with regulators

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05/18/2018

WASHINGTON – For several years, Congress and patient advocates have demanded that patients have a greater voice in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s product review process.

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HME NewsPoll June 2018

It has been more than a year since CMS put the brakes on Round 2019, and the agency still hasn’t provided an update on its plans for the next round of the competitive bidding program.