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OIG updates Medicare market shares for diabetes test strips

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02/07/2017

WASHINGTON – Suppliers in Medicare’s national mail-order program provided 18 types of diabetes test strips to beneficiaries from July through September 2016, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Program has prescription for success

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01/27/2017

Community pharmacies are doing more these days than just filling prescriptions. They’re  offering immunizations, lab testing, educational classes and other services that reflect the growing role of pharmacies as part of the healthcare team. 

Reporter’s notebook: Love them or hate them, bid contracts at heart of most-read stories

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01/27/2017

From diabetes supplies to wound care to vents, this year’s list of most read specialty provider stories covered a lot of different markets, but they all had one thing in common: CMS.

Home infusion stakeholders: Fix the gap

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01/27/2017

WASHINGTON – Home infusion stakeholders want a fast fix for a payment gap that will limit patient access to therapy.

CMS approves CGMs—what now?

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01/27/2017

WASHINGTON – CMS’s recent decision to classify certain continuous glucose monitoring systems as DME is a positive step, but there are a few dominoes that need to fall before they are paid for, say stakeholders.

Home infusion stakeholders press for fix

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01/26/2017

WASHINGTON – More than 170 home infusion stakeholders signed a letter asking lawmakers to fix the “damaging” reimbursement gap created by the 21st Century Cures Act.

Moneyline: PharMerica, FOSRx make buys

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01/25/2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Amerita, the Specialty Infusion Division of PharMerica, has acquired Fairlawn, N.J.-based Nextron, a provider of certain specialty medications in the home. The move allows Amerita to further its expansion in the eastern United States.

AASM adds video communication to HME toolbox

‘The opportunities are limited only to someone’s imagination, as to how they can run their business a little better’
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01/20/2017

CHICAGO – Ensuring compliance with sleep therapy can be time consuming and expensive for HME providers and patients alike. A new telemedicine platform from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine aims to make things easier.

Deadline to sign infusion letter looms

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01/19/2017

WASHINGTON – The National Home Infusion Association seeks signatures for a letter that urges Congress to align the effective dates of switching to an average sales price reimbursement model for Part B infusion drugs and initiating payments for infusion services.

Bain Capital makes bolt-on acquisition in pediatric market

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01/18/2017

ATLANTA – Bain Capital Private Equity plans to buy PSA Healthcare, combining it with another recent purchase, Epic Health Services.

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