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Mobility

Separate benefit for complex rehab back in play

August 18, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Legislation to create a separate benefit for complex rehab is on the radar of the Congressional Budget Office, says NCART Executive Director Don Clayback.The offices of Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., and Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., who introduced H.R. 750, the “Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2017,” on Jan. 30, have been pushing for a “score” from the CBO.“The bill is there, it's on their desk and it's in their to-be-done pile,”...

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VGM Group inks agreement with Benefits365

June 18, 2013HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group has signed an agreement with Benefits365, a company that helps HME providers convert beneficiaries to Medicare Advantage plans, according to a press release. Ron Bendell, president of VGM and Associates, says the agreement will expand the options for his members. “Benefits365's team understands the needs of providers and the complexity of insurance plans, so they are in a unique position to help our members proactively educate beneficiaries about Medicare Advantage...

Benefits365, CBO, CMS, dme, hme, Medicare Advantage, On-Demand Respiratory, Ron Bendell, vgm group


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Mobility

Behind the scenes

May 17, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - Tenacious efforts by providers, consumers and manufacturers led to last week's introduction of a bipartisan Senate bill that would create a separate benefit for complex rehab, stakeholders say.“This proves that individual conversations do make a difference,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NCART. “Members will respond—with enough noise—to the needs of the people.”That “noise” sure reached Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Thad Cochran,...

CBO, Complex Rehab, dme, Don Clayback, hme, Jim Sensenbrenner, Joe Crowley, mobility, NCART, nrrts


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Lesser of two evils

May 17, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - Some Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are starting to look more and more like traditional Medicare, industry sources say.In the wake of CMS's announcement of the Round 2 payment amounts, a Blue Cross Blue Shield MA plan in one state, for example, has shaved 10% off its reimbursement for HME. Another plan going in that direction: Windsor, says Tyler Poole.“We anticipated this,” said Poole, vice president of operations for Benefits365, a company that helps providers shift...

Banner Home Care, Benefits 365, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CBO, CMS, dme, hme, Medicare Advantage, MiraVista


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Will 'pay for' pass muster with CBO?

May 3, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - HME industry stakeholders expect to find out soon if the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) agrees that their bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) is budget neutral.“Now that the bill has dropped and now that the CBO has dealt with some of the other issues they've had to deal with, we expect a score to be coming,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare.Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., introduced H.R. 1717...

aahomecare, CBO, CMS, competitive bidding, MPP, NAIMES, Pride Mobility Products, Tom Price


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Industry pokes holes in bid program

March 8, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - A pair of planned Hill briefings and a “Dear Colleague” letter are turning up the heat on the HME industry's fight against competitive bidding.The briefings, scheduled for March 14, will give stakeholders another chance to make their case against the competitive bidding program.“This is an opportunity to educate members of Congress and their staff on the program and the problems identified with Round 2,” said Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs...

aahomecare, CBO, CMS, competitive bidding, market-pricing program, PAMs, Premier Home Care, pride mobility


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Ohio lawmakers to CBO: Score MPP

February 22, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - In letters this month, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and a group of 11 congressmen from the state urged the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score the market-pricing program (MPP). In the letters, lawmakers expressed concern about the Round 2 expansion of competitive bidding. “Without considerable changes to the program, we have reservations about the ability of CMS to expand the program while maintaining beneficiary access and quality,” the congressmen stated in their letter....

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CBO: Social security spending will outpace tax revenues

October 2, 2012HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Spending for Social Security totaled $773 billion in fiscal year 2012, about 5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and one-fifth of federal spending, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated in an updated report released Oct. 2.Over the next 10 years, outlays will exceed dedicated tax revenues by, on average, about 10%. That gap will grow larger in the 2020s.“As more members of the baby-boom generation retire and the U.S. population grows older in the coming decades, Social Security...

CBO, Home Medical Equipment, Social Security, spending


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On the Editor's Desk

Alternative to eliminating first-month purchase option passes hurdle

January 15, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Industry stakeholders reported last week that they're one step closer to stopping a provision in both the Senate and House healthcare reform bills that would eliminate the first-month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that a “payment reduction alternative” that industry stakeholders helped to craft is budget neutral, says said Seth Johnson, vice president of government relations for Pride Mobility Products. “As long...

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