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Poll: United on sleep screening, divided on regulation

‘Transportation workers should be screened, but (it shouldn’t be a) carte blanche,’ said one respondent
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09/15/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Requiring transportation workers to get screened for sleep apnea is a “no brainer,” say respondents to a recent HME Newspoll.

In brief: Norco expands footprint, HealthSplash buys DMERX

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09/15/2017

BOISE, Idaho – Norco has acquired Freedom Medical Supply in Yakima, Wash., a strategic addition to its existing business in central Washington. Norco will assume ownership of Freedom Medical Supply on Oct. 1.

Disaster relief: Stakeholders press for policy changes

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09/08/2017

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida last week, industry stakeholders met with CMS officials to discuss serious issues that arise in disaster situations.

Case analysis by Jeff Baird

‘That ruling affects us equally as much as it does hospitals and labs and physicians—we are all in this together’
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09/08/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – The American Hospital Association’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over a massive appeals backlog has been ping-ponging between the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the D.C.

In brief: Teleflex boosts urology presence, complex rehab providers make buys

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09/08/2017

WAYNE, Pa. – Teleflex will buy NeoTract for $1.1 billion in a move that significantly expands its urological product offerings, the company announced Sept. 5.

CMS issues disaster guidance for DME

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09/07/2017

WASHINGTON – Medicare will pay for beneficiary-owned DME that has been damaged or destroyed in circumstances related to a declared emergency like Hurricane Harvey.

Providers to SBA: Monitoring clipboards won’t curb fraud

‘The new administration is asking how to get rid of the regulations’
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09/01/2017

WASHINGTON – From accreditation to audits, HME providers let panel members at a Small Business Administration hearing last week know exactly how they feel about burdensome regulations.

In brief: SuperCare acquires LifeCare, AeroCare makes two buys

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09/01/2017

DOWNEY, Calif. – SuperCare Health has acquired the respiratory assets of LifeCare Solutions.

Good works: AvaCare Medical, Lofta support Hurricane Harvey victims

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09/01/2017

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – A truck loaded with supplies left for New Jersey for Houston Aug. 30.

All eyes on new bid-related rule

‘It sounds like a good thing, but we just don’t know what’s in it’
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09/01/2017

WASHINGTON – The website of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the Office of Management and Budget now shows an interim final rule pending review titled “Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule, Adjustments to Resume the Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates to Provider Relief in Non-Competitive Bidding Areas.”

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