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In brief: Option Care taps new CEO, medical device tax back in effect

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01/05/2018

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – Option Care has appointed John Rademacher as CEO and COO, effective immediately, the company announced Jan. 4. Rademacher had been serving as the interim CEO.

Azar hearing set for Tuesday

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01/04/2018

WASHINGTON – The confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Alex Azar will be held before the Senate Finance Committee Jan. 9.

The year in review: Escalating turmoil, relief efforts dominate headlines

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12/29/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Moves by managed care organizations to send more Medicaid business to large distributors was the most read story of 2017 at HME News.

CMS stacks deck against Medicaid

Guidance letter about rate cuts comes days before implementation date
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12/29/2017

WASHINGTON – With little time to make an informed decision, an increasing number of states, including Georgia, Indiana and Washington, are planning to adopt Medicare reimbursement for certain DME to comply with a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act.

In brief: Coloplast buys another provider, Medline triples footprint

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12/29/2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Coloplast, which has its U.S. headquarters here but is based in Denmark, announced this month that it has acquired SAS Lilial for a cash consideration of EUR 35.5m or DKK 264m.

Cures Act update: Deadline looms for Medicaid

Letter outlines two options to demonstrate compliance
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12/28/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS finally sent a letter to state Medicaid directors on Dec. 27 with guidance on a DME-related provision in the 21st Century Cures Act, just three business days before implementation.

Bid relief update: Stakeholders move on new information

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12/15/2017

WASHINGTON – New details have pushed to the forefront a competitive bidding-related interim final rule that’s been held up at the Office of Management and Budget since August.

OIG report is ‘slap on the wrist,’ providers say

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12/15/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent report on unlicensed suppliers receiving bid contracts re-opened old wounds for providers, who say it amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for CMS.

Appeals update: Pressure mounts to expand phone demo

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12/15/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS is considering expanding a demonstration project to jurisdictions A and B that allows providers to speak with reconsideration professionals by phone to try and resolve their appeals at the second level, stakeholders say.

In brief: AAH investigates illegal online sales, NSM debuts in Alaska

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12/15/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is working with outside counsel on a strategy to curb illegal online sales of durable medical equipment, after learning that third-party sellers in North Dakota sold CPAP devices through Amazon without prescriptions.

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