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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • AAHomecare in Action - Tell Congress About CB Rates in Rural Areas
    June 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - Addressing CMS’ plan to apply competitive bidding-derived rates to non-competitive bidding areas, due to take effect in January of 2016, remains a top priority for the Association. 

Expanding the reach of Medicare bidding rates to rural areas – cutting prices by an average of 45 percent – will be a devastating development for homecare providers and patients alike. read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - CMS Paid $1.3 Billion to Settle Hospital Claims
    June 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - In a settlement agreement with 1,900 hospitals, CMS paid $1.3 billion to settle about 300,000 hospital claims stuck in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA). read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - Supporting Complex Rehab Users on Capitol Hill
    June 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - Several AAHomecare staff members participated in last week’s Roll on Capitol Hill, United Spinal Association's annual legislative advocacy event that addresses issues that impact the health, independence and quality of life of individuals living with spinal cord injuries and disorders. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Changes to the Medicare Recovery Audit Program
    June 29, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - The Recovery Audit Contractors, or RACs, are Medicare’s bounty hunters. These auditors are paid a contingency fee to identify improperly paid claims.
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  • Brightree Summit Offers Informative Options on Day One of Medtrade
    June 29, 2015

    ATLANTA - Day one of Medtrade will feature the inaugural Brightree Summit – Tools of the Trade, a 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. array of educational tracks with several sessions and hands-on training from which to choose.

    Tracks for executives, billers, operations teams, as well as networking sessions will be bookended by an opening keynote from Brightree CEO, Dave Cormack (pictured), plus a cocktail reception to cap off the day.   read more »

  • OIG Fraud Alert - Physician Compensation Arrangements
    June 22, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - There are two important principles that a DME supplier must adhere to. The first is that the DME supplier “lives in a glass house.” If the DME supplier is doing something it should not be doing, then “someone knows about it.” This “someone” might be an existing employee, a former employee, a competitor, or an employee of a person (e.g., a physician) with whom the DME supplier has a business relationship. A person who is aware of what the DME supplier is doing wrong might end up becoming a qui tam (whistleblower) relator (plaintiff). read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Wheel:Life & SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Host 2015 Accessible Travel Event and Photo Contest
    June 01, 2015

    ATLANTA - SPORTS ‘N SPOKES, the sports and recreation magazine of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), has teamed up with UroMed’s nonprofit program Life After Spinal Cord Injury (LASCI), the iPush Foundation sponsored by At Home Medical, and the online community, Wheel:Life,  to encourage people with disabilities to “Get Out & Enjoy Life This Summer.” read more »

  • Golden Technologies Earns Governor’s Entrepreneur ImPAct Award
    May 25, 2015

    HARRISBURG, PA - The Team Pennsylvania Foundation recognized Golden Technologies (pictured here at Medtrade Spring 2015) for creating jobs that make an economic impact in the Keystone State as part of the third annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards, presented last week at a ceremony in Hershey, Pa. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Mark S. Farmer
    April 27, 2015

    MESA, AZ - Mark S. Farmer, owner of Southwest Mobility Inc, started with just one scooter back in 1989. From this humble beginning, the 54-year-old has expanded to three locations in the Grand Canyon State, primarily through sales of ramps, scooters, power chairs, lift chairs, and vehicle lifts. read more »

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • The Real Deal
    June 29, 2015

    BROOKLYN PARK, MN - There has always been an imbalance when it comes to clinical support in the home and reimbursement. Whether an HME company sends a top notch Respiratory Therapist to do education, assessment, and follow up, or they send an untrained technician, the payment is the same. Reimbursement has always been tied to the equipment itself. read more »

  • Whistleblower Lawsuit Ensnares Sleep Clinic/DME Supplier
    June 01, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - “Truth always bubbles to the surface." This is a time-honored phrase that is 100% accurate. If a DME supplier is doing something it should not be doing, then someone knows about it. That "someone" is often an employee or ex-employee. Virtually all employees of DME suppliers are aware of the existence of "qui tam"....or "whistleblower"....lawsuits. read more »

  • Medtrade Exhibitor News - Sunrise Acquisition and DeVilbiss Concentrator Study
    May 11, 2015

    FRESNO, CA - Sunrise Medical has acquired RGK, a manufacturer and distributor of high-end, tailor-made, court-sports and basketball wheelchairs. RGK offers also offers daily use manual wheelchairs. The acquisition of RGK, in conjunction with Sunrise Medical's own sports product range, will support Sunrise's sports product segment. The RGK daily chair lines add an additional facet and choice to Sunrise's own Quickie and Sopur premium active wheelchair product brands. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Medtrade Exhibitor News - Mixon Set to Retire Tomorrow
    June 29, 2015

    ELYRIA, OHIO - Invacare Corp founder A. Malachi Mixon, III, 75, will retire from the Board of Directors, effective June 30, 2015. ''After much consideration, I have made the decision to retire from the Invacare Board of Directors to deal with recent health challenges. I am very pleased with the transition of leadership to Matt Monaghan who became Invacare’s chairman, president and CEO earlier this year. I am confident in the future of the organization,'' said Mixon. read more »

  • Invacare’s Mixon Set to Retire Next Week
    June 22, 2015

    ELYRIA, OHIO - Medtrade exhibitor Invacare Corp announced last week that company founder A. Malachi Mixon, III, 75, will retire from the Board of Directors, effective June 30, 2015. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Aaron M. Durst
    June 22, 2015

    RAWLINS, WY – Aaron M. Durst took over the 3,000-sq-ft Professional Oxygen Supply Inc, Rawlins, Wyoming, with a promise to “take my dream and do the best I can with it.” He will likely take on a part-time employee in the near future, but for now Durst is an army of one. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Registration Starts Strong
    June 29, 2015

    ATLANTA – Early registration for Medtrade, the Fall edition of the nation’s premiere HME trade show, opened last week, and hundreds of providers took advantage of low rates. The show will once again be held in its familiar home at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from October 26-29, 2015. read more »

  • If You Know You're Going to Medtrade, Don't Put Off Registration
    June 22, 2015

    ATLANTA - If you saw the top story in this week's Medtrade monday, you know that early registration for Medtrade, the Fall edition of the nation's premiere HME trade show, opens today (Monday, June 22). We are happy to once again be back at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from Oct 26-29, 2015. read more »

  • Early Registration for Medtrade 2015 is Now Open
    June 22, 2015

    ATLANTA – Early registration for Medtrade, the Fall edition of the nation’s premiere HME trade show, opens on Monday, June 22. The show will once again be held in its familiar home at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from October 26-29, 2015. read more »

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