Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DME Bidding Program To Expand

According to this Bloomberg News article, Medicare Bid Process for Medical Supplies to Expand, "U.S. regulators plan to proceed with a program requiring durable medical equipment suppliers led by Lincare Holdings Inc. (LNCR) and Apria Healthcare Group Inc. to bid to sell to Medicare beneficiaries."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the second round of a program that uses competitive bidding to set prices for DME. They plan to expand the program to 91 metropolitan areas by July 2013 and nationwide in 2016. Some companies think that the DME program will cause businesses to close, and make it harder for patients to get timely access to products and supplies.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

e-Pedigree Requirements - CA Board of Pharmacy

According to a recent CA Board of Pharmacy email notification:

The Board of Pharmacy announces it has consolidated its September
Enforcement Committee Meeting into a Board Meeting, and will hold this
meeting on September 7, 2011 in Los Angeles.  An agenda will be released
before the end of August. 
The principal discussion item at this meeting will be California’s e-pedigree
requirements
The location of the meeting is:
Health Services Department Auditorium
313 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday, August 15, 2011

FDA on Medical Devices In The Home - free online training

The FDA added FDA's Home Use Medical Device Initiative -  Online Training Courses.

This is important, for the following reasons:
  • Home care trends
  • Agency's interest in home use medical device safety
  • Risks associated with home use
  • FDA's Home Use Initiative
  • FDA's Actions
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