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NCPA installs officers, adopts resolutions


NEW ORLEANS – The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) has installed a new president and a fifth vice president.

Bid delay bill passes in House


WASHINGTON – Now that both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed bills to delay a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, lawmakers have to hammer out the details—and fast.

Are you beside yourself, too?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I heard from a reader in the wake of CMS releasing the new payment amounts for the Round 2 re-compete.

Senators push 15-month delay for upcoming bid cuts


WASHINGTON – Just days after CMS released new payment amounts for the latest round of its competitive bidding program, two senators have introduced a bill that would delay a second round of cuts planned for non-bid areas on July 1, 2016.

Stakeholders line up for July 1 fight

‘There’s a tremendous amount of activity at the highest level’

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders and their champions in Congress are mapping out a strategy to stave off a second round of reimbursement cuts scheduled for July 1 in non-bid areas.

Health system sells HME business


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – North Ottawa Community Health System has sold its HME business to CareLinc Home Medical & Equipment Supply in Grand Rapids, Mich., according to a local newspaper. CareLinc now has 20 locations in Michigan.

Medicare Advantage plans avoid chopping block


WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has once again reversed its position on cutting reimbursement for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. CMS announced this week that reimbursement for MA plans in 2015 would rise, on average, 0.4%, according to news reports.

Obama proposes cut to Medicare Advantage


WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has proposed cutting reimbursements rates for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by 1.9% in 2015, Kaiser Health News reports.

Laughing at debt deals and super committees

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lawmakers last week passed a debt deal that allowed the government to keep paying its bills under one condition: That $1.2 trillion be shaved from the budget deficit by Thanksgiving. (Now there’s a reason to give thanks!)

Tennessee: New BCBS contract shocks providers


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee is the latest state where BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) is wreaking havoc on HME providers.