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Bid relief bill drops

Industry races to rack up co-sponsors
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11/06/2017

WASHINGTON – It’s official: A bill that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

Draft bid bill draws 49 original co-sponsors

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10/31/2017

WASHINGTON – A draft bill that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas will have 49 original co-sponsors when it is introduced, according to AAHomecare and VGM Group.

Bid relief: More original co-sponsors needed

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10/25/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has extended the deadline for collecting original co-sponsors for draft legislation that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas until the end of this week, according to AAHomecare.

Bill seeks to strengthen protections for diabetes patients

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10/10/2017

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tim Scott, R-S.C., have introduced a bill to strengthen the patient protections that are part of Medicare’s national mail-order program for diabetes testing supplies.

Consumers throw support behind accessories bill

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09/26/2017

WASHINGTON – The ITEM Coalition and 32 national consumer and clinical organizations have sent a letter to leaders in the House of Representatives, asking them to pass a bill that would halt competitive bidding-related prices for accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs.

Temporary payment for home infusion passes House

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07/26/2017

WASHINGTON – A bill that reforms several Medicare benefits, including home infusion and O&P, sailed through the House of Representatives this week.

Bill would fix payment gap for home infusion

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07/11/2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., have introduced a bill that would create a “temporary transitional payment” for home infusion drugs beginning Jan. 1, 2019.

Bill seeks to clarify compounding provisions

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06/15/2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would clarify congressional intent on several compounding provisions included in the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013.

A nail, a horse, and a lost war

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Weesie Walker, the executive director of NRRTS and before that a long-time clinician with National Seating and Mobility. Here’s the thing about Walker: She may be one of the most unassuming people you know, but she’s also one of the smartest.

Bill tries to force CMS’s hand on O&P certification

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05/30/2017

WASHINGTON – Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Pa., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have once again introduced a bill that calls on CMS to enforce a law that O&P providers be certified to receive payments under Medicare.

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