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Senate companion bill introduced


WASHINGTON – Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Ben Cardin, D-Md., today introduced a bill that seeks to improve Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

NewsPoll: Beneficiaries experiencing access issues

‘How is this acceptable?’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Nearly two years after the implementation of Round 2 of competitive bidding, and with the Round 1 recompete well under way, a whopping 95% of HME providers report they are still seeing beneficiary access issues.

Bid complaints go digital


WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care (PFQC) has moved beyond the spreadsheet to create an interactive, electronic map of Medicare beneficiary complaints from its national hotline. 

Bills get bump from fly-in


WASHINGTON – A legislative fly-in on Sept. 10 spearheaded by The MED Group and supported by AAHomecare resulted in 100 meetings with lawmakers.

Reporter’s notebook: Loyal customers, the ABN and creativity


YARMOUTH, Maine – Suppose you were an HME provider supplying a Medicare beneficiary with oxygen therapy through a competitive bidding contract.

Sleep landscape: An open letter to Marilyn Tavenner


Dear Ms. Tavenner: I write this letter based on my experience as the executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association from May 2004 to March 2014. The opinions and recommendations expressed here are my own and not those held by the association.

PE firm acquires two providers, enters bid program


PHILADELPHIA – SRA Healthcare, a spinoff private equity investment firm of SRA Capital, has acquired two HME providers in the Philadelphia region: Southampton, Pa.-based Total Medical Solutions and Bristol, Pa.-based Medical Express.

Bid lawsuit just got bigger


WASHINGTON – There are now 10 lawsuits representing 17 HME providers suing the federal government for breach of contract as part of the original Round 1 of competitive bidding, says Jerry Stouck, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, the law firm representing Cardiosom.

NHIA applauds, remains vigilant


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Stakeholders were “pleasantly surprised” when external infusion pumps weren’t included in the Round 2 recompete, but they say they won’t let down their guard.

You do play a role! You can succeed!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Getting the Power Point presentations for the HME News Business Summit always makes me feel like a little kid at Christmas.

The presentations started rolling in last week, and let me tell you, they didn’t disappoint.