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CRE Applauds White House Announcement of Plan for “A Simpler, Smarter Regulatory System” – Asks for Redress of Job-Killing CMS Program

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness welcomes the Obama Administration’s plan “to create a 21st-century regulatory system” including “an unprecedented government-wide review to eliminate tens of millions of hours in annual red-tape, and billions of dollars in regulatory costs…”  CRE will further congratulate the Administration when the plan yields tangible success.

As Jim Tozzi of CRE’s Board of Advisor’s recently noted at gathering honoring the 30th anniversary of the White House’s office for regulatory review, OIRA-the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, “Washington is littered with Executive Orders that never got off the ground.”  Unfortunately, the plan components are top down, not … Continue Reading

Tornado Recovery Continues in Hard-Hit Alabama

From: Home Care Magazine

CORDOVA, Ala. — Almost a month after a string of storms devastated wide swaths of the southern United States, Ken Glover, RPH, quietly opened the doors of a large trailer and filled prescriptions for grateful patients. The sturdy 100-year-old building that once housed Glover Drug in Cordova, Ala., was no more, heavily damaged by two tornadoes on April 27.

In addition to the operation in Cordova (population 2,400), Glover has two other pharmacy/home care locations in Jasper, Ala., and one in Dora. All four sites had power knocked out after the first storm hit at the … Continue Reading

Round 1 Briefing Is ‘More Lipstick on a Pig’

From: Home Care Magazine

WASHINGTON — CMS took an airbrushed picture of Round 1 competitive bidding to Capitol Hill last week, but the distorted image could end up working in the HME sector’s favor, some stakeholders believe.

At a congressional staff briefing on the five-month-old program May 10, CMS representatives said it was moving along more smoothly than anticipated with “virtually no complaints.” Repeating numbers relayed at a Program Advisory and Oversight Committee meeting in early April, agency officials said of 54,000 “inquiries” to the Medicare hotline, only 43 were complaints about bidding.

It was a case of “more … Continue Reading

From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (San Jose, CA)

“I live in California. I have received information about Medcare not allowing seniors to have certain durable medical equipment. I want to say I am not in favor of this at all. I would hope I have a chance to [???] something that is really beneficial to me and affordable also. Thank you.”… Continue Reading