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Moving the HME Industry Forward

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Legislative Advocacy

  • In Memory of Thelma Prial
    April 24, 2017

    GOOSE CREEK, SC – Thelma Prial passed away on Monday, April 17. Many long-time Medtrade attendees knew Thelma, who was married to Shelly Prial, a legendary advocate in the HME industry. Shelly and Thelma were married for 67 years. read more »

  • AAHomecare Continues to Advocate Against Double Dip Cuts for Stationary Oxygen
    April 24, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As first reported in December, AAHomecare has been working to get rural and non-bid area oxygen suppliers relief from “double dip” cuts in the 2017 Medicare fee schedule for stationary oxygen, which results in rates for rural and other non-bid area suppliers that are lower than the competitive bidding rates for this product category in many CBAs. read more »

  • New Leadership at Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP)
    April 24, 2017

    ALBANY, NY - Kim Voelker recently stepped down as executive director of the Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP). The board of directors chose TayCar Inc, headed up by Beth Bowen, to lead NEMEP into its next phase. Bowen also leads ACMESA, FAHCS, and ATHOMES, medical equipment associations in FL, NC, TN and VA. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Keep Compliant and Bill On
    April 10, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - Let’s be honest. Nobody really likes surprises unless it’s your birthday. And even then, some of us would rather know what to expect. So, when the surprise is an unannounced site visit from the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC), the surprise could cost you your provider transaction access number (PTAN) and a substantial part of your livelihood. But if you are compliant, these surprise visits do not have to distract you from more important things, like taking care of your patients. read more »

  • Switching Suppliers - New Physician Order Not Required
    April 03, 2017

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  • Loan Closets - Delivery of Product
    March 27, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - Recently, the following question arose: Under a consignment arrangement (commonly referred to as a “loan closet” or a “stock and bill” arrangement) between a DME supplier and a hospital, does Medicare require that a DME supplier employee go to the hospital to pull the product out of the inventory “closet” and hand it to the patient, or can a hospital employee access the product and give it to the patient? This article answers this question. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Exhibitor Spotlights - Fisher & Paykel, ResMed, and Brightree
    March 27, 2017

     LAS VEGAS - Medtrade Spring exhibitor Brightree® has enhanced integration capabilities with its HME billing and business management module and AirView™ and myAir™, ResMed’s cloud-based sleep and respiratory care patient management and patient engagement platforms. read more »

  • The New Product Pavilion Providers’ Choice SILVER Award
    March 20, 2017

     LAS VEGAS - Medtrade Spring attendees cast their votes for the best new products in the New Product Pavilion Providers’ Choice Awards (sponsored by HomeCare Magazine) and the VirtuClean (a PAP cleaning device) by VirtuOx (Coral Springs, Florida) took home the Silver Award. read more »

  • ResMed Posts Revenue Boost in Latest Quarterly Announcement
    January 30, 2017

    SAN DIEGO – Medtrade Spring exhibitor ResMed Inc recently announced results for its quarter ended Dec 31, 2016. Reported revenue for the quarter was $530.4 million, a 17 percent increase compared to the same period of the prior year. Excluding the contribution from the Brightree business acquired in April 2016, revenue for the quarter was $496.6 million, a 9 percent increase.   read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Booth Sales on Track
    April 24, 2017

    ATLANTA – Six months from the start of Medtrade, Kevin Gaffney, group show director, reports that booth sales are “on track” for the show, scheduled for Oct 23-26, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. read more »

  • Markusen’s Message to Caretailers
    April 17, 2017

    ATLANTA – A March 28 article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) makes a case that the long-held tradition of doctors, dentists, and other practitioners occupying “hospitals and traditional office buildings” may be on the decline. Medtrade presenter Maria Claire Markusen sees the trend as an opportunity for DME providers looking to get into the caretail/retail world. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Judy Bunn
    April 17, 2017

    CLEVELAND, OH – Judy Bunn is no stranger to the fine print. As compliance manager for Ohio-based Medical Service Company, she tracks the minutia for more than a dozen locations, helping to keep the regional provider in accordance with government guidelines.  read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Call for Presentations Due April 27
    April 24, 2017

    ATLANTA – Another eventful year in the HME industry comes to a head on Oct 23, 2017, when Medtrade kicks off in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. The nation’s premiere HME-focused event is scheduled for Oct 23-26, a four-day event that is designed to inspire and unify  during what many hope will be the start of a rebound for the industry. read more »

  • Adverse Action - Its Effect on Related Entities
    April 24, 2017

    Assume that ABC Medical Equipment, Inc. is related to XYZ Medical Equipment, Inc. and DEF Medical Equipment, Inc. For example, assume that while the three companies do not have identical stockholders, John Smith and Jack Jones are stockholders of each company. read more »

  • Self-Disclosure of Stark Violations
    April 17, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - The Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”), or “Stark disclosure protocol,” signed into law under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on March 23, 2010, required the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) to establish a self-referral disclosure protocol for violations of the Stark physician self-referral statute. Beginning June 1, 2017, that protocol takes effect. read more »

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