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In brief: Industry stays busy, Margolis passes away

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07/29/2016

WASHINGTON – Although lawmakers are on recess, HME industry stakeholders have been holding strategy sessions on efforts to push through relief in non-bid areas.

Industry stays busy

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07/29/2016

WASHINGTON – Although lawmakers are on recess, HME industry stakeholders have been holding strategy sessions on efforts to push through relief in non-bid areas.

Reporter's notebook: Right hand, left hand

Cover yourself in more ways than one, says Greene
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07/25/2016

As if the sheer quantity of audits wasn’t enough to contend with, HME providers often have to untangle inconsistencies in regulations and guidance, says Stephanie Morgan Greene, a healthcare attorney who’s executive vice president of business development for AC

Bid delay bill gets lost in chaos

‘There were a lot of lawmakers thinking, ‘Are you kidding me?’’
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07/22/2016

WASHINGTON – The results of a postmortem on a bill that would have delayed a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts are, well, complicated.

Providers start dropping Medicare assignment

‘The prices offered are completely non-sustainable’
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07/22/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers are taking a hard look at what products they can continue to accept Medicare assignment on, from oxygen down the line to canes and crutches.

In brief: CMS touts prevention, Respironics connects vents

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07/22/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS’s efforts to reduce improper payments have saved nearly $42 billion, according to a new report.

CMS touts prevention efforts

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07/20/2016

WASHINGTON – CMS’s efforts to reduce improper payments have saved nearly $42 billion, according to a new report.

Hard-fought bid delay fails

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07/15/2016

WASHINGTON – Congress has failed to pass a bill that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts for three months, until Sept. 30.

In brief: Growth in healthcare spending lower than average, CMS backs unique device identifiers

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07/15/2016

WASHINGTON – Total healthcare spending growth is expected to average 5.8% annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published July 13 by Health Affairs and authored by CMS’s Office of the Actuary.

Hard-fought bid delay fails

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07/15/2016

WASHINGTON – Congress has failed to pass a bill that would delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts for three months, until Sept. 30.

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