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Industry stakeholders battle familiar foes

February 6, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget rehashes an old proposal to apply competitive bidding rates to Medicaid reimbursement.The HME industry has beat back that idea in the past and will continue to do so, say stakeholders.“We've had good sound arguments for why Medicare and Medicaid are different programs with different requirements and different populations,” said Kim Brummett, senior director of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare. “We'll beat that drum again.”The...

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AARP survey: Aging in place—with help

January 22, 2015HME News Staff

CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Eighty-five percent of registered voters age 45 and older in Oregon say they would prefer to live at home with the help of family caregivers for as long as possible, according to a new AARP survey. The majority (90%) of respondents also said it's important to have services that allow people to stay in their homes when basic tasks become too difficult to perform; 50% said they are currently providing or have provided unpaid care for an elderly loved one; and 76% said family caregivers...

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On the Editor's Desk

Website to watch: www.nobid.org

September 23, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

With CMS and, go figure, the AARP, telling Medicare beneficiaries that competitive bidding is wonderful, an HME provider in Georgia has taken off the gloves. Tyler Riddle, vice president of operations at MRS Homecare, has started distributing a “warning flyer” to beneficiaries that tells them how competitive bidding will take away their choice of provider, reduce the services they receive and cost thousands of jobs. It also urges them to visit a website that he created: www.nobid.org. “Whether...

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NRRTS responds to the AARP

November 18, 2009Liz Beaulieu, Editor

A few blogs ago, I wrote about an editorial in the recent AARP Bulletin titled "The Case of the Expensive Wheelchair." Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS, has crafted a response titled "The Case of the Misinformed Editor." The crux of Margolis' argument: The press (and members of Congress and officials at CMS, for that matter) should keep their hands off of complex rehab. Instead, it should focus on consumer power: These are the suppliers that are gaming the system. These are the suppliers...

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The AARP strikes again

November 12, 2009Liz Beaulieu, Editor

A few blogs back, I wrote about the AARP's support of national competitive bidding. In an editorial in its November bulletin, the AARP delivers another blow to the HME industry, this time specifically to power wheelchairs. "The Case of the Expensive Wheelchair" reads like a greatest hits of the criticism hurled at the power wheelchair industry in the past year: Utilization: In 1997, Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries paid just over $100 million to buy or lease power wheelchairs; today they pay...

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Executive Session

Oxygen reform: Comprise...what compromise?

August 24, 2009Mike Moran

Imagine my surprise this morning, when I checked my inbox and found this e-mail from a reader responding to our NewsWire story on stakeholders reaching a compromise on oxygen reform: Chrysalis dvd Queen Cobra film Speed movie buy Kisses and Caroms How does a compromise fix two proposals that are viewed as bad? Providers are still divided on what is the correct thing to do. Personally, (I think) we should be looking to get paid for the service and product provided, just like most industries. I don't...

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