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CDC reports rise in doc visits by diabetes patients

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07/31/2014

ATLANTA – Office-based physician visits made by diabetes patients rose 20% between 2005 and 2010, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Trustees report improved outlook for Medicare

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07/30/2014

BALTIMORE – The Medicare Trust Fund will remain solvent until 2030—four years longer than last year’s projections.

Bid pricing could force hands of providers in rural areas

‘I’m already the last person standing’
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07/25/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – If Medicare moves forward with plans to apply competitive bidding prices in remote areas of the country, providers there say they will have no choice but to stop accepting Medicare.

In brief: Judge delivers mixed ruling, NSM names president

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07/25/2014

SAN DIEGO and BREA, Calif. – An International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled July 18 that the humidifier in Apex Medical’s iCH CPAP device infringes on ResMed patents, according to a press release from ResMed.

Costs associated with COPD on the rise, report says

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07/25/2014

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Medical costs related to COPD will rise from $32.1 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2020, the American College of Chest Physicians estimates in a new report.

Invacare ‘not pleased’ with earnings

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07/24/2014

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare has reported a loss in net earnings of $13.6 million for the second quarter compared to a loss of $12.5 million for the same period last year.

CMS changes up areas, products in Round 2 recompete

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07/18/2014

BALTIMORE – Keeping everyone on their toes, CMS has a few surprises up its sleeve for the Round 2 recompete of competitive bidding, say industry stakeholders.

Carving out contracts: New scheme or practical solution?

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07/18/2014

WASHINGTON – CMS’s proposal to allow contract suppliers to sell specific lines of business could jolt M&A activity in the HME industry, but not necessarily in a good way, industry watchers say.

In brief: Verus rolls up sleep biz, Hoveround ups certification

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07/18/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Verus Healthcare has acquired its 85th CPAP business, it announced last week.

New audit website serves as ‘rallying point’

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07/16/2014

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has launched FixMedicareAudits.org to serve as one-stop shop for audit reform, the association announced this week.

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