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Poll respondents lean toward Trump

October 9, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - President Donald Trump is the top pick for president for 57% of the respondents to a recent HME Newspoll. A slightly higher percentage of respondents, 59%, believe Trump will best Democratic candidate Joe Biden. “A Trump win will be good for small business vs. Biden,” wrote Randall Cramer. “Namely, less taxation and regulation. Improvement in reimbursement is essential to the future of the HME industry.” Since the business-friendly...

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Stakeholders size up Biden vs. Trump

September 18, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - How will the November elections impact the HME industry? There are a number of dynamics at play in the presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump and in the various races in the House of Representatives and Senate, says John Leppard, a health care analyst with Washington Analysis. “At the top of the line: a Biden win-Democratic sweep is probably a net slightly positive in the near- to medium-term as it augurs greater stability,” he said. “He's...

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Trump expands telehealth services to certain providers

March 18, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has expanded Medicare telehealth coverage to allow beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning March 6, CMS will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country. A range of healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists and licensed clinical social workers will...

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In brief: MedPAC makes case for ramping up bid program, several DME product categories dropped from Trump tariffs

June 22, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - MedPAC's June 2018 report to Congress recommends that CMS include more DMEPOS products in the competitive bidding program as a way to improve Medicare's payment policies and reduce fraud and abuse. “The CBP has successfully driven down the cost of DMEPOS products for the Medicare program and beneficiaries,” the report states. “Compared with payment rates in the year before the CBP, Medicare's payment rates for some of the highest expenditure products...

Competitive Bidding, Donald Trump, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Stark Law, Tariff

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AAHomecare plans response to tariff proposal

April 19, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare plans to submit comments to the U.S. Trade Representative in response to a proposed tariff of 25% on medical equipment from China. The association and representatives from several manufacturer members have met to discuss the response. A sudden increase in costs for equipment made in China would cause significant hardship and disruption for HME providers and patients, says AAHomecare.

AAHomecare, Donald Trump, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Tariff


Trump to nominate 'star' to lead HHS

November 14, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will nominate former pharmaceutical executive and industry lobbyist Alex Azar to the top post at the Department of Health and Human Services, according to news reports. Trump tweeted on Monday: “He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices.” The nomination follows the resignation of Trump's first HHS secretary, Tom Price. Price left HHS in September amid an investigation into his use of charter flights instead of cheaper commercial...

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F&P responds to potential Trump tariff on Mexico

January 27, 2017HME News Staff

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Fisher & Paykel Healthcare will consider switching manufacturing of U.S. products from Mexico to New Zealand if President Donald Trump's administration taxes Mexican imports, Yahoo Finance reports. “We've got two plants, one in New Zealand and one in Mexico,” CEO Lewis Gradon told Yahoo. “We have the capacity to supply the United States from New Zealand if that makes more economic sense.” Shifting manufacturing to New Zealand would raise production...

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On the Editor's Desk

One consultant's take: 'I've never seen people so positive'

December 16, 2016Liz Beaulieu, Editor

I was on the phone this week with a seasoned consultant who advises medical device companies on strategic plans and M&A. He said he's gearing up for a very busy 2017. “Since the election, I've been working with a number of companies on strategic plans,” he told me. “I though it might take them half way into next year to make moves—that they wanted to see the 'proof in the pudding' of a more business-friendly administration—but people are making moves...

Donald Trump, Election, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), strategic plans

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Trump, man of mystery

November 11, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are looking ahead at what a Trump presidency could mean for HME. “If it was anyone other than Donald Trump, I would be able to tell you a lot more,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare. “He's not a traditional Republican. It's unclear what his congressional agenda is and what his proposals really mean.” What is clear is that Trump, a businessman with no political experience, struck...

AAHomecare, Cara Bachenheimer, Donald Trump, Election, Jay Witter, John Gallagher, Tom Ryan

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Election 2016: HME providers cast their lot with Trump

September 16, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - HME providers typically lean Republican when it comes to politics and that holds true for the 2016 presidential election—even if some are aren't overly enthusiastic about the party's candidate. Sixty-four percent of poll respondents report they favor Donald Trump, saying the billionaire businessman would turn the economy around. “Mr. Trump is a businessman first, so I think he will lead our nation in a better direction financially,” said one poll...

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