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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • PowerofHomecare.com Unifies HME for Major Grassroots Effort
    July 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - No one is safe from the impact of competitive bidding. Help AAHomecare fight against the nationwide rollout, due to take effect in January. Last week, AAHomecare, in coordination with other industry leadership, launched a grassroots initiative aimed at stopping the nationwide rollout of competitive bidding pricing, which will impact all HME businesses outside of the CBAs in Round I and Round II.  read more »

  • ADA Turns 25 - Medtrade Attendees Look Back
    July 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), legislation designed to extend accessibility and prevent job discrimination for people with disabilities. read more »

  • AAHomecare in Action - Join the Fight
    July 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - AAHomecare will focus on efforts to mitigate CMS’s plan to bring competitive bidding-derived rates to non-bid areas, and how providers can help. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • “Better Call Saul” If Your Business Metrics Are Not Keeping Up With Industry Averages
    July 27, 2015

    ELIZABETH, CO - With a Breaking Bad sequel (Better Call Saul theme) my session at Medtrade (scheduled during the Oct 26-29, 2015, show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta) will explore various industry benchmarks to allow attendees to compare their company’s financial and operational performance to industry standards. read more »

  • Recent Federal Cases - Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute
    July 27, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - The Medicare anti-kickback statute makes it a felony to knowingly and willfully offer, pay, solicit, or receive any remuneration to induce a person or entity to refer an individual for the furnishing or arranging for the furnishing of any item or service reimbursable by a federal health care program, or to induce such person to purchase or lease or recommend the purchase or lease of any item or service reimbursable by a federal health care program. There are an exception and safe harbor to the anti-kickback statute that state that is it permissible for a provider to pay compensation to a bona fide employee who refers government program patients to the provider. read more »

  • 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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Rehab/Mobility

  • The MK Battery Power Soccer Premier Cup Championship Rolls In Tampa
    July 20, 2015

    TAMPA, FL - The MK Battery Power Soccer Premier Cup Championship was held recently at the All People’s Life Center in Tampa, Fla. Ten teams from around the USA qualified and participated in the highly competitive tournament. The final match pitted the ASU Sun Devils against eventual winner CNY United as they battled in a closely fought game where both teams played a technically masterful match. read more »

  • Complex Rehab - Medtrade Working with ISS Organizers to Buoy Education
    July 13, 2015

    ATLANTA - The Complex Rehab Pavilion is back once again at Medtrade—this time with support from the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology Continuing Education (RSTce), organizers of the International Seating Symposium (ISS). RSTce will also be presenting educational sessions for technicians and clinicians.  read more »

  • 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 »

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Medtrade Exhibitor ResMed Acquires CareTouch
    July 13, 2015

    SAN DIEGO - ResMed has acquired CareTouch, a provider of internet-based solutions and therapy-focused resupply programs for HME providers. CareTouch enables healthcare providers to efficiently provide patients the personal attention, equipment and supplies they need to maintain therapy without interruption. read more »

  • 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 »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • A Chat with Harvey Diamond - Nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year
    July 27, 2015

    PORT WASHINGTON, NY - Accounting firm Ernst & Young recently nominated Harvey Diamond, chairman and CEO of Drive Medical, for the firm’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As a mainstay in the industry and a familiar Medtrade exhibitor, Drive continues to demonstrate a willingness to innovate. read more »

  • New Exhibitors Tout Cash Sales
    July 13, 2015

    ATLANTA - New exhibitors continue to sign on for Medtrade 2015, scheduled for Oct 26-29 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The latest is Brooklyn, NY-based Unique Wellness, a manufacturer of adult diapers inspired by NASA technology. read more »

  • Call for Presentations - Medtrade Spring 2016
    July 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Who will speak at the Feb 29-March 2, 2016, Medtrade Spring? A lot depends on input gleaned from the annual Call for Presentations, now open to qualified candidates. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Exhibitors See Potential
    July 27, 2015

    ATLANTA - Exhibitors big and small continue to sign on for Medtrade, the nation’s premiere HME event, scheduled for Oct 26-29, 2015, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Lakeland, Fla-based GrannyJo Products decided to exhibit yet again, largely based on market potential that president/founder Jo-Ann Tilghman (pictured) will only continue to expand. read more »

  • M&A, CB, and More - A Conversation with Jonathan Sadock
    July 20, 2015

    NEWTOWN, PA - Jonathan Sadock, managing partner and CEO of Pa-based Paragon Ventures, has seen providers go out of business, but those who remain have learned a lot about survival in challenging times. read more »

  • State Brick and Mortar Laws
    July 20, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - Recently, some states have adopted laws or regulations that require DME suppliers to have a physical location either within the state or within a certain proximity to the state’s border. These laws vary from state to state, with some applying to suppliers of all residents and others applying solely to suppliers of Medicare beneficiaries. This article addresses “brick and mortar” laws in Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. read more »

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