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Trump taps HME champion Price as HHS secretary

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11/29/2016

WASHINGTON – President Elect Donald Trump has named Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a long-time champion of the HME industry and its efforts to reform Medicare’s competitive bidding program, as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to news reports.

Law has ‘minimal impact’ on providers, good or bad

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04/10/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine – A provision in the Affordable Care Act that mandates insurance coverage hasn’t necessarily resulted in increased business for HME providers.

ACA mandate pumps up biz

In its first year, benefit proves popular among nursing mothers
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01/24/2014

At Lehan Drugs, the breast pump business is going “crazy.”

Look on bright side of ACA

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10/09/2013

OCCC – Despite a government shutdown aimed at defunding The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the program is likely to move forward. That could be a good thing, says The VGM Group’s Mark Higley.

In brief: Health spending ‘on right track,’ Medicare Advantage enrollment to grow

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09/20/2013

WASHINGTON – Growth in U.S. healthcare spending over the next 10 years will be modest in comparison to historical trends, according to a Sept. 18 report from the CMS Office of the Actuary.

In brief: CMS flaunts fraud savings, GF makes buy

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06/07/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS says its anti-fraud efforts in 2011 and 2012 have recovered more than $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements and administrative impositions, according to a press release.

CMS flaunts fraud savings, revocations

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06/06/2013

WASHINGTON – CMS says its anti-fraud efforts in 2011 and 2012 have recovered more than $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud, judgments, settlements and administrative impositions, according to a press release.

Congressman revives bill to repeal Medicare board

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01/24/2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., on Jan. 23 reintroduced a bill to repeal an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) tasked with reining in Medicare spending. The House of Representatives, but not the Senate, passed Roe’s original bill.

Healthcare spending stayed low in 2011

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01/08/2013

WASHINGTON ­– Healthcare spending in the United States grew at a rate of 3.9% in 2011, continuing a recent trend of extremely slow growth, according to a new analysis from the Office of the Actuary at CMS, which was published in the January 2013 issue of the journal Healt

ACOs: Don't wait for repeal of health reform

Q. What impact will the recent elections have on the growth of ACOs?
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11/26/2012

A. In the past year, 147 accountable care organizations (ACOs) entered the Medicare program. These ACOs sprang from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

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