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Separate benefit for complex rehab back in play


WASHINGTON – Legislation to create a separate benefit for complex rehab is on the radar of the Congressional Budget Office, says NCART Executive Director Don Clayback.

VGM Group inks agreement with Benefits365


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has signed an agreement with Benefits365, a company that helps HME providers convert beneficiaries to Medicare Advantage plans, according to a press release.

Behind the scenes

CRT stakeholders off and running with companion bills

WASHINGTON – Tenacious efforts by providers, consumers and manufacturers led to last week’s introduction of a bipartisan Senate bill that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab, stakeholders say.

Lesser of two evils

Medicare Advantage: Positives outweigh negatives

YARMOUTH, Maine – Some Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are starting to look more and more like traditional Medicare, industry sources say.

Will 'pay for' pass muster with CBO?


WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders expect to find out soon if the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agrees that their bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is budget neutral.

Industry pokes holes in bid program


WASHINGTON – A pair of planned Hill briefings and a “Dear Colleague” letter are turning up the heat on the HME industry’s fight against competitive bidding.

Ohio lawmakers to CBO: Score MPP


WASHINGTON – In letters this month, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and a group of 11 congressmen from the state urged the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score the market-pricing program (MPP).

CBO: Social security spending will outpace tax revenues


WASHINGTON – Spending for Social Security totaled $773 billion in fiscal year 2012, about 5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and one-fifth of federal spending, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated in an updated report released Oct. 2.

Alternative to eliminating first-month purchase option passes hurdle

Friday, January 15, 2010

Industry stakeholders reported last week that they’re one step closer to stopping a provision in both the Senate and House healthcare reform bills that would eliminate the first-month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs.