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Medtrade 2017: A shorter, but upbeat and refreshing, show

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10/27/2017

ATLANTA – The mood at Medtrade 2017 was palpably up, say show organizers.

Barbara Smith: HME Woman of the Year embodies focus, fire

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10/27/2017

ATLANTA – HME provider Barbara Smith says she’s usually the one giving out awards, not receiving them, so when she was named the 2017 HME Woman of the Year at Medtrade last week, she was, needless to say, surprised.

In brief: Bid bill needs more co-sponsors, Invacare looks to hire

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10/27/2017

WASHINGTON – Draft legislation that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas had two sponsors and 30 original co-sponsors at press time on Friday.

Bid relief: More original co-sponsors needed

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10/25/2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has extended the deadline for collecting original co-sponsors for draft legislation that would provide relief from competitive bidding in non-bid areas until the end of this week, according to AAHomecare.

Barbara Smith named Woman of the Year

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10/24/2017

ATLANTA – Barbara Smith, CEO of Healthline Medical Equipment in Wichita Falls, Texas, was named the 2017 HME Woman of the Year at Medtrade this morning.

In brief: AAH urges providers to contact representatives, Peaks and Plains Medical hosts McMorris Rodgers

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10/20/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are urging providers to gather as many original co-sponsors as they can for a bill expected to drop in November that would provide relief for non-bid areas.

Contact your representative now

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10/19/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders are urging providers to gather as many original co-sponsors as they can for a bill expected to drop in November that would provide relief for non-bid areas.

Stakeholders prepare for bid-relief bill to drop

They’re sharing draft language, circulating position papers
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10/13/2017

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have begun the task of shoring up support in anticipation of a bill that would provide some relief from the competitive bid program.

HME: Not so hip on HIPAA?

‘The No. 1 focus of audits is the security and risk assessment, which is woefully missing in this industry’
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10/13/2017

ATLANTA – Industry consultants report a number of HIPAA-related audits making the rounds in the HME industry and the best they can tell, providers, for the most part, are not prepared for them.

In brief: Access survey slams bid program, CMS withdraws O&P rule

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10/13/2017

WASHINGTON – More than 60% of case managers report an increase in the number of Medicare beneficiaries who have developed medical complications, received emergency care or were readmitted to a hospital due to issues related to obtaining proper and/or timely access to DME,

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