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In brief: Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, retail finalists named

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10/21/2016

WASHINGTON – The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased more than twice as much from 2012 to 2014 than in non-bid areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Persistence of providers pays off for patients

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10/14/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers in the Southeast were prepared as ever when Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Oct. 8, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t face tremendous challenges.

CQRC turns up the heat

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10/14/2016

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of home oxygen providers and manufacturers, has always taken an active role with CMS and on Capitol Hill, says Chairman Dan Starck.

In brief: Bill seeks to change LCD process, Apria provides notice of security breach

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10/07/2016

WASHINGTON – Two senators recently introduced a bill that seeks to improve the transparency and accountability of the local coverage determination (LCD) process performed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).

Apria launches GoFundMe

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09/23/2016

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Damaged homes, flooded roads and gators didn’t prevent its employees in flood-devastated southeastern Louisiana from taking care of patients, so Apria wanted to take care of them.

Stakeholders detail ‘alarming’ situation in rural areas

Seek bill with non-HME pay-for to pass before Sept. 30
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09/16/2016

WASHINGTON – After a tough week in which CMS trumpeted its competitive bidding program for HME as having no impact on access, all the while creating significant savings, AAHomecare hit back.

Apria weathers historic flood

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09/09/2016

BATON ROUGE, La. – The flood waters have receded, but it’s still not business as usual in rain-soaked Louisiana, say Apria employees.

In brief: Complex rehab advocates speak up, study casts doubt on impact of CPAP therapy on cardiovascular events

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09/02/2016

WASHINGTON – Two consumer organizations have sent letters to lawmakers urging them to pass bills that would permanently protect complex rehab accessories from competitive bid pricing.

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