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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • AAHomecare in Action - Progress on Competitive Bidding
    March 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - Monday’s passage of the Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act (HR 284) by the House of Representatives brings the HME sector closer to securing relief on the competitive bidding issue than I can recall in the decade-plus that we’ve been pushing back against this poorly-designed program. While the fight is far from over, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on how we’ve gotten here. read more »

  • Let's Fall in Love
    March 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Dear Colleague...Let’s fall in love. I’m done hearing about doom and gloom. I don’t want to hear about why it’s broken or what you can’t do. I’ve stopped caring about which side of the aisle anyone sits on, or how hard it is to succeed. And I know I’m not the only one.
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  • New York Will Not Pursue Competitive Bidding for Medicaid Services
    March 16, 2015

    ALBANY - The 2/23/2015  edition of Medtrade Monday included coverage of the February 15, 2015 Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Report on competitive bidding. What the coverage failed to include was any reference to the New York State (NYS) Department of Health’s (DOH’s) response to the report.
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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Billing Part B Patients in SNF Certified Facilities
    March 23, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - The government has taken the position that if a facility originally received Medicare certification for participation as a SNF, then that singular event prohibits a DME supplier from billing Part B for products delivered to custodial patients residing in the facility. On February 24, 2015, a Louisiana federal court ruled against the government’s position. read more »

  • Software Takes Center Stage at Medtrade Spring with CareTend by Mediware
    March 09, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Medtrade Spring attendees will get one of the first looks at Mediware’s new CareTend® software. The new software combines the features of all the Mediware home care solutions onto one cutting-edge platform. read more »

  • Round Two Recompete - Addressing Bad Financials
    March 02, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - Round Two Recompete has the same challenges that prior rounds have had: (i) Do I submit a rational bid or do I submit a “suicide bid?”; (ii) If I want to bid in multiple CBAs, have I obtained the required state licensure?; and (iii) In particular, if I need to obtain a state license in a particular state, am I required to have a physical location there? read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Noncompliant Oxygen Patients
    February 02, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - A growing challenge to DME supplierS is what to do with noncompliant oxygen patients. A supplier probably could reasonably conclude that the absence of a fully compliant recertification CMN is a technical fault to be remedied by the pickup of equipment. Likewise, there must be information in the beneficiary’s medical record to support that the item continues to be used by the beneficiary and remains reasonable and necessary. If there is no medical evidence that the item is reasonable and necessary, the supplier is no longer required to provide service to the beneficiary. read more »

  • NTSB Presses Regulators and Medtrade Spring Welcomes Sleep Exhibitors
    January 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made it perfectly clear: they want trucking regulators to institute sleep apnea screening requirements. The requirement is thus far nothing but an item on a wish list, because the trucking lobby is dead-set against additional regulations.
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  • Oxygen - When Can You Restart the 36-Month Cap?
    January 19, 2015

    The reasonable useful lifetime (“RUL”) for oxygen equipment is five years. At any time after the end of the RUL, the beneficiary may elect to receive new equipment, thus beginning a new 36-month rental period. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Medtrade Spring Exhibitor Spotlights
    March 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - A/R Allegiance is bringing out the “Briefcase Full of Cash” at Medtrade Spring. Those who want a shot at the distinctive promotion should visit Booth #503 at next week’s Medtrade Spring at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas (and those who won’t be there also have a shot).
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  • Top Ten Finalists Named for Innovative HME Retail Product Awards
    March 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - The biannual Innovative HME Retail Product Awards, sponsored by HomeCare Magazine, are down to the top ten. The awards honor HME products that are particularly suited for retail sale. The purpose of the competition is to promote and recognize products that contribute to providers' bottom lines though cash sales. read more »

  • Manufacturer Product Showcase at Medtrade Spring is Open to All
    March 16, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Join four of the top manufacturers in the HME industry for an interactive session (moderated by Mike Sperduti, CEO of The Mike Sperduti Companies) that will provide details on some of their best products. Learn the benefits these products hold for patients, and how to best merchandise and market these products.  
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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Spring Starts on March 30, and There is Still Time to Register
    March 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - The first quarter of 2015 is almost over, and those looking for a bit of inspiration to power through until Fall should consider Medtrade Spring. The western version of the nation’s premiere HME trade show begins on Monday, March 30, and registration is still open. read more »

  • Power Lunch Expands Seating Due to Popular Demand
    March 16, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Most categories for The Power Lunch at Medtrade Spring (sponsored by The VGM Group and produced in cooperation with Capital Healthcare Group) sold out quickly, but organizers are adding a few more seats for those who may have been stymied in the last few days. Attendees hoping to capitalize should act fast. read more »

  • New HME Breakfast Club and Audit Happy Hour at Medtrade Spring
    March 16, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Space is still available for two new networking events at Medtrade Spring: The HME Breakfast Club and The Audit Happy Hour. Sponsored by Laboratory Tactical Consulting, Strategic A/R and Wheel:Life, the HME Breakfast Club, scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, from 8:30 am - 10:00 am., is a great way to start your day, get inspired, eat some food, and meet other like-minded HME professionals.   read more »

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