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ATS makes recommendations on home oxygen therapy for COPD

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11/18/2020

NEW YORK – The American Thoracic Society has posted online its latest clinical practice guideline on home oxygen therapy, addressing long-term and ambulatory therapy for adults with COPD.

CMS touts decreased improper payment rate

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11/17/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS says its aggressive corrective actions have led to an estimated $15 billion reduction in Medicare fee-for-service improper payments since 2016.

In brief: Demo project, sequester cuts, Canadian market

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11/13/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS will launch a demonstration project to allow nurse practitioners to certify that therapeutic shoes are necessary.

AAHomecare: Extend sequester cuts

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11/13/2020

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has joined a coalition of 27 major medical groups calling for Congress to extend relief for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CMS to loosen referral requirements for therapeutic shoes

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11/13/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS will launch a demonstration project to allow nurse practitioners to certify that therapeutic shoes are necessary.

CQRC ties COPD awareness with bid relief

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11/11/2020

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care recognizes November as National COPD Awareness Month by commending CMS for its plans not to award competitive bidding contracts to 13 product categories, including oxygen supplies and equipment, in 2021.

CMS announces slight increase for Medicare Part B premiums

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11/10/2020

WASHINGTON – The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $148.50 in 2021, an increase of $3.90 from 2020, CMS has announced.

Patty Mastandrea on the balancing act

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11/06/2020

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Patty Mastandrea, the 2020 HME Woman of the Year, says the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for female leaders. Here’s what Mastandrea, who as CEO of MedCare Equipment Company leads 330 employees, had to say about balancing professional and personal priorities, as well as being nimble during challenging times.

In brief: Spiro Health grows, FDA warns, AAH comments

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11/06/2020

SANDWICH, Mass. - Spiro Health has acquired Absolute Respiratory Care in Johnston, R.I., further cementing its presence in New England and the Northeast.

FDA on oxygen concentrators: Don’t try them at home without scripts

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11/04/2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to use oxygen concentrators in their homes unless prescribed by a health care provider in a consumer update posted to its website on Oct. 30 as the number of cases of COVID-19 spikes across the country.

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