Monthly Archives: April 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Health Care Fast Track Motion

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court rejected a motion to fast track a review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act put forward by Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Seen as a long shot by many legal … Continue reading

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Dept of Labor Releases Report on Essential Benefits Package

The Department of Labor has released its report to HHS detailing insurance coverage in typical large group employer health plans.  The report will be used by HHS, along with a recommendation by the Institute of Medicine, to determine what benefits/services … Continue reading

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Medical Device Industry Lobbies Congress To Dodge Health Law Tax

Like many other interest groups, the medical device industry met with White House officials in the run-up to the health care battle in Congress. But while insurers, pharmaceutical firms and even the American Medical Association made agreements trading their support … Continue reading

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CMS Proposes Changes to DMEPOS Supplier Standards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule earlier this month that would update the Medicare participation standards for suppliers of DMEPOS. The proposal would modify standards adopted in an August 27, 2010 final rule in a … Continue reading

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Government Shutdown Averted, AGAIN

Negotiators from the House, Senate and White House reached an agreement to continue funding the Federal government late Friday evening, just ninety minutes before funding was set to expire and force a government shutdown.  The final spending agreement will cut … Continue reading

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Senate Votes to Repeal 1099 Tax Provision of ACA, Sends Bill to President

The Senate has voted to repeal one of the most egregious provisions of the Affordable Care Act known as the “1099 Tax Reporting” provision by a wide bipartisan margin of 87-12, sending the bill to the President for his signature.  … Continue reading

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CMS Delays DME Round 2 Competitive Bidding, Looks to Add Off-the-Shelf O&P

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to delay round two of the controversial “competitive bidding” program for durable medical equipment until the summer of 2013.  Round one of competitive bidding on selected DME products was implemented … Continue reading

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