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Medtrade wrap-up: Winning products, winning event and one big winner

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10/18/2018

ATLANTA – Medtrade attendees selected Caire’s FreeStyle Comfort portable oxygen concentrator as this year’s gold winner in the New Product Pavilion.

Lack of unified stance on settlements, poll finds

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10/12/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – It turns out, even with the huge backlog of Medicare appeals stuck at the administrative law judge level, whether or not to accept a settlement is as divisive an issue as it gets in the HME industry.

In brief: Reliable Respiratory ‘welcomes’ new vent patients, CVS-Aetna merger clears hurdle

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10/12/2018

NORWOOD, Mass. – Reliable Respiratory has acquired the ventilation business of New Bedford, Mass.–based Enos Home Medical.

CMS details premiums, deductibles for 2019

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10/12/2018

WASHINGTON – The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for 2019, a slight increase from $134 in 2018, CMS has announced.

Stakeholders pressure CMS with two letters

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10/05/2018

WASHINGTON – A groundswell of grassroots support carried a pair of bid-related sign-on letters over the finish line last week, say industry stakeholders.

Patients Over Paperwork: Room for improvement for HME

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10/05/2018

WASHINGTON – Much has been made of CMS’s plans to reduce the paperwork burden for healthcare providers, but what about for HME providers, specifically?

In brief: Bill drops for custom breast forms, study highlights NIV

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10/05/2018

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill that would require Medicare to cover custom breast prostheses was introduced in the House of Representatives last week.

Signing frenzy: Stakeholders race to collect signatures for two letters

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10/02/2018

WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that seeks additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program has nearly 100 signatures, VGM Group reports this week.

Industry, CMS need to ‘have conversation’ about disaster relief

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09/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The havoc wrought by Hurricane Florence in September highlighted, once again, the need for policy changes in disaster situations, say HME stakeholders.

In brief: Senators circulate letter, Aeratech Medical named top provider

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09/28/2018

WASHINGTON – A Senate sign-on letter supporting additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program was released Sept. 28, a companion letter to one circulating in the House of Representatives, which had garnered 79 signatures at press time Friday.

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