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SEP 2017

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Rx and Specialty Providers hme news / september 2017 / www.hmenews.com 21 Tackle the competition with our Medicare data! www.hmedatabank.com Gain access to the most comprehensive database of statistics for the HME industry. Downloadable in two formats Excel PDF Learn more at New data release scheduled Oct. 1! delay in payment from 2021 and moving it to 2019." In fact, 15 senators have signed on to S. 1738 as origi- nal co-sponsors. NHIA has also spearheaded a letter in support of the leg- islation that has more than 70 signers, including AAHomec- are, VGM and large infusion providers like Option Care, Soleo Health and BioScrip The Senate bill mirrors a provision in The Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017, a package of bipartisan legis lation which was passed July 25 . The bill also contained a provision to extend a demon- stration project for IVIG ther apy that expires at the end of September. "We're hoping this moves quickly, but there is a sense of healthcare fatigue over here on the Senate side," said van Pool. "We want to make sure the Senate fully understands the sense of urgency, because they feel like they've done health care all year." H me Ultimately, H.R. 3271 wasn't included in a larger Medicare package that members eventu ally passed, but she says it's for the best. "Once the Congressional Budget Office analysis comes out, I believe it will show that our bill is basically cost- IN fu SION c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u DIA b ETES c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u neutral, which would allow it to go through easier," she said. "It's important to highlight this is for diabetes, specifically when so many healthcare dollars are spent on diabetes itself." As with other product catego- ries impacted by the competitive bidding program, CMS has main tained there are no access issues for diabetes testing supplies. Aprigliano points to several studies that show otherwise, including a recent secret shop- per survey conducted by the American Association of Dia betes Educators that showed the number of brands available under the mail-order program has fallen 50% "This is real life," she said. "It' not just numbers on a page." H me b IOS c RI p c o n t i n u e d f r o m p therapies." For the six months ended June 30, BioScrip reported net reve nues of $435.9 million this year compared to $470.9 million last year. Net loss was $48.6 million vs. $17.8 million. EBITDA, how- ever, was $10 million for the sec- ond quarter, nearly double the first quarter. H me Varner r ic H ards, CEO of IntraMed Plus and a board chairman for NHIA, testified at a July hearing on the value of home infusion services. Dario h ealth enters strategic agreement with b yram c AESAREA, Israel, and NEW YORK – ioHealth has expanded its insur- ance coverage provider network by entering into a strategic agree- ment with Byram Healthcare, the two companies announced July 25. DarioHealth, which makes the Dario Blood Glucose Monitoring System all-in-one blood glucose meter and smartphone app, recently ex- panded its third-party insurance coverage option for consumers in the U.S. "DarioHealth initiated the provider network approach earlier in the year," said Erez Raphael, chair- man and CEO of Dario Health, in a press release. With the addition of Byram, DarioHealth expects to cover 30% of consumers in the U.S. diabetes market.

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