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Stakeholders prepare for bid-relief bill to drop

They’re sharing draft language, circulating position papers
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10/13/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have begun the task of shoring up support in anticipation of a bill that would provide some relief from the competitive bid program.

Stakeholders grease wheels for possible action in September

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07/28/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have legislative language being vetted that would freeze payment rates at the Jan. 1, 2016, amounts, and fix the so-called “double-dip” for oxygen payments.

Legislative update: One letter down, one more to go

‘(These letters) give HHS Secretary Price a club to hit career staffers with’
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06/16/2017

WATERLOO, Iowa – Fresh on the heels of a successful letter in the House of Representatives seeking competitive bidding relief, industry stakeholders say they now have their sights on a Senate version.

Draining the swamp at CMS won’t happen overnight

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
John Gallagher
vice president of VGM Government Relations

What are the most important things needed to break a nut loose from a rusty bolt? Some WD-40, a few good tools, and an abundance of elbow grease.

Trump, man of mystery

Stakeholders latch on to president-elect’s stances on small government
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11/11/2016

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are looking ahead at what a Trump presidency could mean for HME.

John Gallagher makes Hall of Fame

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10/06/2016

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group’s John Gallagher has been inducted into the University of Northern Iowa’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame. The first ROTC cadet at UNI back in 1980, Gallagher was also the first UNI ROTC alum inducted into the U.S.

Bid delay efforts run out of gas

Discussions will resume after July 4th recess
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06/24/2016

WASHINGTON – With efforts to delay a second round of Medicare cuts stalled, the HME industry finds itself between a rock and a hard place, stakeholders say.

Stakeholders challenge OIG

‘We hope they will actually look at what is actually happening to utilization’
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01/16/2015

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) says it will use Medicare claims data to review the impact of competitive bidding on beneficiary access to DME, but industry stakeholders don’t want the agency to stop there.

CMS finalizes rule on bidding, bundling

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11/07/2014

WASHINGTON – CMS plans to move forward with its plans to implement competitive bid pricing nationwide, despite widespread opposition from the HME industry.

Bid, audit bills near prime time

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06/13/2014

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders expect Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and John Larson, D-Conn., to lead a group of lawmakers in introducing a bill this week that would require HME providers to obtain bid bonds as part of the competitive bidding program.

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