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VGM helps providers position themselves as ‘solution’

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10/10/2012

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, at Medtrade next week, will launch the Outcomes Plus Wellness Network, a program designed to put HME providers on solid footing in a world of ACOs and other healthcare reform initiatives.

Lt. Governor pays call on provider

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05/24/2010

As one of East Texas' fastest-growing businesses--and a healthcare business to boot--Senior Respiratory Solutions was selected for a site visit by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in April. David McDonald, president/owner of the Texarkana-based neb-med provider, spent two hours talking with Dewhurst about healthcare reform and the importance of creating good jobs.

Calling Daniel Webster. Put in a good word for bariatrics.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

I chatted with Dr. Kevin Huffman yesterday about how health care reform will attempt to address our obesity epidemic by making sure docs get paid for treating the disease.

Sens. Baucus, Grassley urge CMS to use 'discretion' toward pharmacies

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01/28/2010

A couple of marquee-name senators last week asked Medicare to cut some slack for pharmacies that have not gotten accredited.
"They were concerned that CMS was going to start acting in a draconian fashion and crack down on pharmacies that haven't gone through accreditation," said John Norton, associate director of public relations for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

Senate bigwigs haven't forgotten Rx exemption

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sens. Max Baucus and Charles Grassley sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday asking her to cut some slack for pharmacies that haven't been accredited yet. The deadline for pharmacies passed Jan.

Medical profession skeptical about Walgreens plan

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Well now I'm thoroughly confused. I just read an article about how a new program at Walgreens that would offer face-to-face consulting services for Type 2 diabetes patients is being panned.

Don't get left out in the cold

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Friday, December 18, 2009

It's bitterly cold here today in our little corner of New England, although today's weather is an improvement over yesterday when temps could most optimistically be described as bone-chilling.

An infusion of sponsors

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Monday, December 7, 2009

We hear a  lot about industry efforts to repeal competitive bidding, the oxygen cap, etc. But another effort continues to chug quietly along: getting Medicare to cover home infusion therapy. The most recent effort, The Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act, continues to gain sponsors.

Not every cat has nine lives. And that's OK.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

There was a reader essay in my local Maine Sunday paper yesterday: a goodbye to a "much-loved" cat. The cat, a 16-year-old Siamese, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Health care reform and the $22,000 employee

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So, I am reading some health care reform news today on Crain's New York Business.com and there is an article about how disease state management programs can reign in costs for diabetes patients.

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