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In brief: Vent bill drops in House, hospitals slam bid program


WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has followed the Senate and introduced a bill last week that would increase Medicare reimbursement for ventilators by 20% on Jan. 1, 2017.

In brief: Growth in healthcare spending lower than average, CMS backs unique device identifiers


WASHINGTON – Total healthcare spending growth is expected to average 5.8% annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published July 13 by Health Affairs and authored by CMS’s Office of the Actuary.

NHIA’s Bodoff recollects and predicts


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – When Russell Bodoff took the reins at the National Home Infusion Association, the organization was near bankruptcy and there was no Medicare benefit for home infusion therapy.

NHIA pushes back on ASP


WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on June 17 passed a bill that included a provision that would switch payment for Part B home infusion drugs to an average sales price model—a model that is unsustainable, say infusion stakeholders.

Short takes: NHIA, Walnut Medical


The National Home Infusion Association will hold its 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition March 21-24 in New Orleans.

In brief: AeroCare deal dissolves, Inogen shareholders sell


ORLANDO – A merger agreement between AeroCare and MergeWorthRx (MWRX) has been terminated.

In brief: New enrollment provisions, new partnership


BALTIMORE – CMS has tightened its enrollment guidelines in a final rule issued Dec. 3.

NHIA opens registration for annual event


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Early bird registration has opened for the 2015 National Home Infusion Association’s (NHIA) Annual Conference & Exposition. The event takes place March 23–26 in Phoenix.

NHIA updates coding standard for home infusion claims


ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The 2013 version of the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) coding standard has been published and is available free of charge, according to a press release.

In brief: Infusion stakeholders stay on message


WASHINGTON – The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) in May sent a second letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner reiterating its request that infusion pumps and supplies be excluded from the Round 1 re-compete of competitive bidding.