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Legislative conference: Flurry of activity on competitive bidding

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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON – Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., told attendees at AAHomecare’s Washington Legislative Conference last week that he plans to introduce legislation seeking a delay in Round 2 of competitive bidding.

In brief: Consumers back bill, F&P breaks records, Inova secures financing

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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen consumer groups are throwing their support behind H. R. 1717, a bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP), according to AAHomecare.

Lessons from a competitive bidding warrior

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Georgie Blackburn
Georgie Blackburn is vice president of government relations and legislative affairs for Blackburn’s in Tarentum, Pa.

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Blackburn’s membership address at the PAMS Annual Meeting in May.

Providers on grandfathering: Keep serving, keep collecting

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05/10/2013

WASHINGTON – Grandfathering may help keep non-contract suppliers in Round 2 afloat, but it’s only a temporary fix for them and their patients, they say.

In brief: MPP adds supporters, Aeroflow seeks subcontractors

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05/10/2013

WASHINGTON – A bill in the House of Representatives to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) picked up 19 co-sponsors last week. There are now 44 co-sponsors for H.R. 1717 and industry stakeholders urge providers to keep talking it up.

Will 'pay for' pass muster with CBO?

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05/03/2013

WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders expect to find out soon if the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agrees that their bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is budget neutral.

Q&A: Jay Witter

'Critical time' for AAH conference
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05/03/2013

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare hopes a strong turnout for its Washington Legislative Conference May 22-23 will help drum up congressional support for H.R. 1717, a bill to replace competitive bidding with a market pricing program (MPP).

New MPP bill starts strong

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04/26/2013

WASHINGTON – The HME industry needs to hit the ground running now that a new bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) has been dropped, say stakeholders.

Providers try to make sense of it all

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04/19/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – From providers getting contracts to service areas located thousands of miles away to providers unprepared to service contracts in their local areas, sources predict problems aplenty when Round 2 goes into effect July 1.

New focus on market-pricing program

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04/19/2013

WASHINGTON – When the bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is introduced, it will have lead sponsors on both sides of the aisle, industry stakeholders say.

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