Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Group Letter - Repeal Medicare Competitive Bidding for HME and Services

Thought you'd be interested in this Medical News Today article, Nearly 60 Homecare And Patient Advocacy Groups Urge Congress To Repeal Medicare's "Competitive" Bidding For Home Medical Equipment And Services.

Tyler J. Wilson, president of the American Association for Homecare in the open letter to Congress says:
"Our national, state and local organizations believe that this program is fundamentally flawed and will create significant obstacles to patient care while threatening the homecare infrastructure for our nation's seniors and disabled."

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Monday, July 19, 2010

FDA Orders Baxter Colleague Pump Refunds and Replacements

The FDA Issues Requirements for Baxter Healthcare Infusion Pump Recall - Company must provide transition guide for facilities using Colleague infusion pumps.
In brief, in a Colleague Pump - Consent Decree letter to two Baxter executives, the FDA orders Baxter to take the following actions:

  • Recall and destroy all Colleague infusion pumps covered by the Consent Decree that are manufactured, distributed, or sold by Baxter or that are under the custody and control of Baxter's agents, distributors, or customers from the US market..
  • Provide either a replacement infusion pump (other than the Colleague model) or refund to all owners, and a lease termination to all lessees, of Colleague infusion pumps no later than the date that is twenty four months after the date of this final order (“the transition period”).
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How To Renew Your CA Pharmacy Designated Representative License

According to the CA Board of Pharmacy:

"Approximately 6 weeks before the expiration date of your license, a renewal application will be mailed to your last known address of record. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses even if they do not receive a renewal notice. The Board does not send duplicate renewal applications. If you have not received the renewal notice within 4 weeks of expiration of the license, you may renew your license by submitting a Request for Renewal form. Do not submit a renewal request more than 60 days before the expiration date of the license." (Source: Information for Licensees)
In case you need the Request for Renewal form, go here, to License Renewal, to find the link to the most current version of the Request for Renewal of Designated Representative form.

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