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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • Industry Unites with One Voice for Consumer Advocacy
    May 30, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC - Unifying the voices of consumer advocates nationwide, the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) and VGM Group Inc. recently announced merger plans for their respective consumer advocacy groups into a single, industry-wide consumer advocacy platform.
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  • AAHomecare Makes its Case
    May 30, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC - Homecare advocates from across the country descended on Capitol Hill last week for the Washington Legislative Conference. The Association kicked off the conference with an announcement from Peter Thomas, ITEM Coalition coordinator, stating that the disability community is supporting H.R. 5210. read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - Critical Weeks Ahead for Rural Relief Legislation
    May 23, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC - The stage is set for an intense round of grassroots and Capitol Hill lobbying in support of competitive bidding rural relief and bid ceiling fix legislation, and with a July 1 deadline looming for a new round of cuts, the time for action is now. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • False Claims Act Penalties Will Increase
    May 23, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - False Claims Act (“FCA”) penalties will greatly increase under a recently released federal regulation by the Railroad Retirement Board ("Board"), an obscure federal agency that occasionally generates FCA cases involving fraudulent benefit claims.
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  • Carve Out of Competitive Bid Contract - Further Guidance
    May 02, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - In a previous Medtrade Monday article, I discussed CMS’s final rule entitled “Revision to Change of Ownership Rules to Allow Contract Suppliers to Sell Specific Lines of Business.”
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  • Medtrade Exhibitor News - ResMed Completes Brightree Acquisition
    April 11, 2016

    SAN DIEGO - ResMed has completed its acquisition of Brightree®, a privately held developer of business management and clinical software applications for the post-acute care industry. The $800 million cash transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to gross margins and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share after close and beyond.
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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Truckers Report Dramatic Improvement with CPAP
    May 30, 2016

    ARLINGTON, VA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released results of its sleep apnea survey last week. The report highlights a number of issues related to truck driver screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). read more »

  • Sleep-Related Medtrade Exhibitors Respond to Global Market Assessment
    May 23, 2016

    A recent report, Global Anti-Snoring & Sleep Apnea Devices Market Assessment & Forecast: 2016 – 2020, by SA-Business Research & Consulting Group, concluded that North America continues to lead the combined anti-snoring and sleep apnea market with a share of 37.5% in 2015.
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  • Revenue Up 7% at ResMed
    May 02, 2016

    SAN DIEGO - ResMed revenue for the quarter quarter ended March 31, 2016, was $453.9 million, a 7% increase compared with the quarter ended March 31, 2015. This is a 9% increase on a constant currency basis.   read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • A Conversation with AAHomecare Legislative Conference Attendee Gary Sheehan
    May 30, 2016

    SANDWICH, MA - Gary Sheehan, MBA, estimates that he has attended the AAHomecare Legislative Conference about a dozen times. As president and CEO of Cape Medical Supply, providing service in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine, Sheehan focuses mostly on sleep therapy and respiratory care.

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  • Health Mobius Teams with Sigvaris to Enhance Caretail
    May 16, 2016

    BURR RIDGE, IL - Health Mobius has partnered with global manufacturer (and Medtrade exhibitor) Sigvaris to allow healthcare and fitness providers, DMEs, and chiropractors to sell compression therapy products online. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Kay Johnson
    April 25, 2016

    WATERTOWN, SD – For more than two decades, Kay Johnson has operated Midwest Medical Services Inc in the 21,000-population city of Watertown, located on the banks of the Big Sioux River in South Dakota. On her daily 25-mile commute to the 3,000-sq-ft location, Johnson sees the vast expanses of land that her people used to cover when making deliveries.
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General Healthcare

  • Buying Into Competitive Bidding
    May 30, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - The Law dictates that patients cannot be sold. Patient files cannot be sold. Doing so will likely implicate the Medicare anti-kickback statute. On the other hand, a DME supplier can enter into a bona fide asset sale in which (A) it sells hard assets and (B) transfers patient files to the purchaser. In addition, a DME supplier can enter into a bona fide stock sale. read more »

  • Early Registration Coming Soon
    May 30, 2016

    ATLANTA – The nation’s premiere HME-focused trade show is more than five months away, but it’s not too late to mark calendars for the Oct 31-Nov 3, 2016, show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Members of the educational advisory board (EAB) have been reviewing Medtrade Spring feedback in an effort to make the 2016 Medtrade the best ever. read more »

  • VGM and Whitebridge Financial Cement New Partnership
    May 23, 2016

    WATERLOO, IA - VGM and Associates and Whitebridge Financial have partnered to provide VGM’s members and their customers with better access to financing options. read more »

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