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Maine Rallies Around Package of Bills Aimed at Aging in Place

Maine’s state Legislature is moving along with a three-pronged package of bills aimed at strengthening the resources available to help its seniors age in place. Mark Eves (D-North Berwick), speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, last week unveiled a comprehensive set of proposals under an initiative dubbed “KeepME Home,” which addresses key concerns of older adults, including […]

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HME Industry Rallies Against Competitive Bidding

Home medical equipment (HME) providers say proposed changes to audit and competitive bidding programs for medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) suppliers should be implemented before the end of the year. As the August legislative recess is underway, industry stakeholders are voicing support for H.R. 5083, or the Medicare DMEPOS Audit Improvement and Reform (AIR) […]

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Calif. Court: Caregivers Injured by Alzheimer’s Patients Cannot Sue

A new ruling from the California Supreme Court says home health workers hired to care for Alzheimer’s patients may not sue them or their families for injuries caused by those patients. In the 5-2 ruling the court says, “California and other jurisdictions have established the rule that Alzheimer‘s patients are not liable for injuries to caregivers in […]

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New York Plaintiffs File Class Action Lawsuit Over Home Care Cuts

A federal class action lawsuit filed against New York State health officials alleges that officials are mishandling Medicaid home care services by cutting services for those who need them most, the New York Times reports.  Three plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit filed against the state commissioners of the Department of Health and the Office […]

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New Reform Bill Aims to Replace Medicare Home Health Rebasing Rule

Legislative efforts to reform payment cuts to the home health industry continue to gain support on Capitol Hill with Tuesday’s introduction of a new bill that aims to reform recent rebasing rules laid forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act , introduced by […]

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