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Cures Act Doesn’t Cure Problem with Home Infusion Therapy

Signed into law last December, the purpose of the 21st Century Cures Act is to expand medical research and expedite approval of new drugs and medical devices. However, the Act also includes a critical provision that dramatically reduces the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburs...

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Careers in Senior Living Linked to Awareness, Familiarity

Interest in a career in the senior living industry is closely and directly linked with awareness and familiarity with senior living, according to the results of a new survey published by Argentum and conducted by national polling firm ORC International.

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Alliance Homecare Acquires Elder Care Alternatives

Alliance Homecare -- a home health care provider serving individuals and families in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley -- announces the acquisition of Elder Care Alternatives (ECA). In light of this partnership, Elder Care Alternatives will now be known as AllianceECA. Services will continue to be provided by its present team of care managers.

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Nevada’s Largest Nonprofit Hospice to Acquire Las Vegas Firm

Acquisitions in the hospice industry are becoming more commonplace throughout the country. Healthcare systems recognize that hospice leaders have a unique delivery system.

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DME Trade Group Prepares to Take On Medicare Agency -- Again

The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare), a trade group representing durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers working within the home healthcare services sector, is gearing up to counter claims by CMS about the fairness of Medicare’s DME competitive bidding process. The association...

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MedPAC's Comments on Proposed SNF Payment Rule Nags Industry

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) recent comments letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the agency’s FY 2016 proposed rule for payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is drawing a largely tepid -- albeit annoyed -- response from a key trade association.

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Calif. Bill Mandates Website, Fundraising Text for U.S. Organizations

A controversial bill now wending its way through the California legislature would, if enacted, force every nonprofit in the country that solicits funds in that state (i.e., every organization with a "Donate Now" button on its website) to put a link on its home page and print a disclosure on all other solicitation materials, directing potential supporters to the California Attorney General's website.

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CMS Awards Round 2 Recompete DMEPOS Contracts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) names the Round 2 Recompete and national mail-order recompete contract suppliers for Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program.

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Budget Stings Long-Term Care Providers, Says Trade Group

Under the president’s plan, Medicare payments to post-acute care providers would see nearly a 3 percent reduction in only five years.

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Trade Group Weighs in on Chronic Care Policy Options

The issue is a major cost driver. Medicare spending for beneficiaries with chronic conditions is more than $300 billion annually. Per capita Medicare spending for beneficiaries with six or more chronic conditions is three times higher than for the average beneficiary.

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