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Moving the HME Industry Forward

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Legislative Advocacy

  • AAHomecare in Action - Continuous Glucose Monitors Will Be Classified as DME
    January 23, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, CMS announced the determination to classify continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems as DME under Part B. CGM is a small device that continuously measures glucose levels. In order for a medical device to be classified as DME under Medicare, the equipment needs to meet the following criteria: function for at least 3 years, can be used repeatedly, primarily has a medical purpose, is used in the home setting, and is only useful for persons with an injury or illness. CGM devices that replace the need for glucometers meet CMS’ DME definition, and there is currently only one product available in the market.
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  • What’s Next
    January 23, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As we start the New Year, with a new Congress just getting settled in and a new Presidential Administration beginning in just a couple days, AAHomecare has hit the ground running to ensure we can build on last year’s legislative and regulatory successes and capitalize on potential opportunities for even better public policy outcomes for HME in 2017. I’d like to give you a quick rundown on what we’ve been focusing on at the start of the year to make that happen. read more »

  • Don't Miss an Energized Medtrade Spring
    January 16, 2017

    LAS VEGAS - HME providers returning to Medtrade Spring this year will find revamped educational sessions to go with the familiar Expo floor. What exactly does “revamped” mean? For one, it means fewer competing sessions. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Exhibitor Spotlight - Prometheus Group Offers Revenue Cycle Solutions and Much More
    January 23, 2017

    LAS VEGAS - Prometheus Group is on a mission to help HME providers prosper in a new era of value-based care. Medtrade Spring attendees looking to streamline their operations will get a chance to meet with the company’s representatives at Booth #1150 when the show floor opens on Feb 28 and March 1. Educational sessions at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas start one day earlier on Monday, Feb 27. read more »

  • Hospital Loan Closet - Legal Basis to Bill Part B
    January 23, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - It is a common practice for a DME supplier to enter into a loan closet arrangement with a hospital. This is also known as a "consignment" or "stock and bill" arrangement. In a typical loan closet arrangement, the supplier stores inventory (e.g., canes, walkers, braces) at the hospital. When a patient is about to be discharged, the hospital employee pulls the item from the "closet," gives it to the patient, the patient goes home with the item, and the DME supplier bills Medicare Part B. read more »

  • Preference Payments in Bankruptcy and the DME Supplier
    January 16, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - Fallout from a high-profile bankruptcy case in the DME world provides a lesson for suppliers on the basics of bankruptcy and what you can do to protect your company. Case in point:  the collapse of Florida-based Univita and its August 2015 bankruptcy’s wide ripple effect across the industry. The company operated in multiple states including Florida, Tennessee, California, Minnesota, Indiana and Massachusetts. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • ResMed and BMC/3B Medical Settle Global Litigation
    January 23, 2017

    SAN DIEGO and WINTER HAVEN, FL – Medtrade Spring exhibitors ResMed (Booth #1115) and BMC/3B Medical (Booth #1034) have agreed on a global settlement of all litigation between the parties. read more »

  • FDA Clears World’s Smallest CPAP – the ResMed AirMini
    January 16, 2017

    SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared ResMed’s AirMini CPAP. ResMed officials are calling the AirMini the “world’s smallest continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.” read more »

  • Sleep Apnea Back on Senate’s Radar After Another Transit Accident in the Northeast
    January 16, 2017

    NEW YORK – Lawmakers in New York and New Jersey sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board asking for increased safety reviews, particularly in the realm of sleep apnea testing. According to reports on CBS News and elsewhere, Senators Chuck Schumer (pictured) and Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, along with Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, of New Jersey, also called for the installation of inward facing cameras on NJ TRANSIT and Metropolitan Transit Authority trains. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Asset Purchase - Potential Successor Liability
    December 26, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - Generally, there are two ways to purchase a DME company: an asset purchase or a stock purchase. Let’s talk about a stock purchase first. Assume that John Smith owns ABC Medical Equipment, Inc. Assume that Bill Johnson wants to buy the stock, not the assets, of ABC. Smith, individually, will be the seller. Johnson, individually, will be the buyer. Smith will sell his stock certificate (exhibiting ownership of ABC) to Johnson. ABC will continue to operate as it always has: same Tax ID #, same PTAN, same Medicaid provider number, same accreditation, same employees, same third-party payor contracts, etc. read more »

  • A Salute to Award Winners and Finalists at Medtrade
    December 19, 2016

    ATLANTA – Over the past few weeks, Medtrade Monday readers have gotten a closer look at all the recent Medtrade award winners. The following is a recap of all the winners, and the finalists. read more »

  • A Closer Look at the Creative Concept Booth Award at Medtrade
    December 12, 2016

    ATLANTA - The Creative Concept Booth Award went to Stander Inc for its formal red carpet theme designed to celebrate the Utah-based company’s new Signature Life products. Medtrade Monday chatted with Wade Olsen, chief strategy officer, Stander Inc, about the thinking behind Stander’s latest booth concept. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Co-Location Offers Added Value
    January 23, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – If you’re still trying to decide whether to attend Medtrade Spring, the Environments for Aging co-location may well be a tempting reason. You get access to two show floors for the price of one, and an opportunity to network with EFA design firms and aging specialists. read more »

  • Revamped Medtrade Spring is Designed to Bring More Energy, More Ideas
    January 16, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – HME providers who make the trip to Medtrade Spring want to make it count, and gaining as much benefit from the show as possible requires consideration of all the events.
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  • ZPIC Education Letter - How to Respond
    January 09, 2017

    AMARILLO, TEXAS - When a DME supplier receives any type of communication from a ZPIC, the supplier must take it seriously and make it a top priority to submit a response that is satisfactory to the ZPIC. This is because unlike a DME MAC, RAC or CERT, the ZPIC comes into the picture when it receives information that the supplier might be engaging in fraud. read more »

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