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New MPP bill starts strong

April 26, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The HME industry needs to hit the ground running now that a new bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP) has been dropped, say stakeholders.“This is not the beginning of the battle, this is the meat of the battle,” said Joel Marx, AAHomecare chairman. “There is no turning back.”Right out of the gate, H.R. 1717, the “Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013,” had 25 co-sponsors. Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., and...

aahomecare, CMS, Competitive Bidding, HME, Invacare, John Larson, Max Baucus, MPP, round 2, Senate Finance Committee, Tom Price

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On the Editor's Desk

Competitive bidding: What Congress is saying (and a few others) about the bid amounts

July 6, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Healthwatch, the healthcare blog of The Hill, a beltway publication, ran two stories over the weekend on the bid amounts for competitive bidding. Neither spells good news for the HME industry. At least one sentator (Max Baucus, D-Mont.) and one representative (Joe Barton, R-Texas) are hailing the, on average, 32% cut to Medicare reimbursement for nine product categories in nine cities. Baucus said: “Today we are seeing that transparency and competitiveness in Medicare results in a 32 percent...

Bid Amounts, Competitive Bidding, Joe Barton, Max Baucus, On The Editor's Desk, Walt Gorski

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Specialty Providers

Sens. Baucus, Grassley urge CMS to use 'discretion' toward pharmacies

January 28, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A couple of marquee-name senators last week asked Medicare to cut some slack for pharmacies that have not gotten accredited. In a Jan. 26 letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ranking Member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, urged "discretion" in enforcing the requirement. "They were concerned that CMS was going to start acting in a draconian fashion and crack down on pharmacies that haven't gone through accreditation," said...

Accreditation, Charles Grassley, Health care reform, Kathleen Sebelilus, Max Baucus, Max Baucus, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, NCPA, Pharmacies, senate

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Senate bigwigs haven't forgotten Rx exemption

January 26, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Sens. Max Baucus and Charles Grassley sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday asking her to cut some slack for pharmacies that haven't been accredited yet. The deadline for pharmacies passed Jan. 1 and with all that's happening in Congress lately, including their Christmas recess and the recent upset in the Senate, the NCPA and other stakeholders have been slowed in their efforts to get the deadline extended. If CMS starts revoking billing privileges, beneficiaries could lose access...

Accreditation, Charles Grassley, e-SP, Health care reform, Max Baucus, Max Baucus, Medicare, Medicare, Pharmacy

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Executive Session

Healthcare headquarters?

May 18, 2009Mike Moran

Neon Maniacs psp Kiss Of The Vampire aka Immortally Yours full Here's a piece of interesting news that crossed my desk this morning: A management company of trade centers and events has set it sights on opening a Medical Trade Center in Nashville as early as next year. A Murder Is Announced the movie A Medical Trade Center? Well, according to a release, it will comprise permanent showrooms for healthcare manufacturers and distributors; temporary trade show space; and conference facilities. The...

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