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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Charging Cash Customers Less Than What is Billed to State Medicaid
    November 17, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Billing and collecting from state Medicaid programs is more expensive and time consuming for a DME supplier than collecting from a cash-paying customer. It is logical for suppliers to desire to charge a cash-paying customer less than what the supplier bills Medicaid. The question thus arises: Is it permissible for the supplier to do so? read more »

  • Medtrade Exhibitor DeVilbiss Introduces Online Ordering, Wins Ethics Award
    November 17, 2014

    SOMERSET, PA – Medtrade exhibitor DeVilbiss Healthcare continued a busy end-of-year schedule with the roll out of its new and improved Provider Online Ordering system. The system is designed to add another convenient option for new and existing independent customers located in the United States to place orders for respiratory products. read more »

  • Physician Payments Sunshine Act
    November 10, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and manufacturers of prescription drugs and devices that are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP to annually report (1) payments and gifts provided to physicians and teaching hospitals and (2) investment interests held by physicians or a physician’s immediate family member.   read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Research Backs Benefits of Slumber, Sleep Exhibitors Sign on for Medtrade Spring
    December 15, 2014

    MADISON, WI - According to scientists at the University of Wisconsin, poor sleep quality may well be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. As reported in WebMD, the study found that brain scans of a group of older people with no mental health problems who reported trouble sleeping were more likely to have a build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain—a protein that is found in high concentrations in Alzheimer's patients. read more »

  • ResMed Results, Plus Sleep Research Roundup
    December 01, 2014

    SAN DIEGO - ResMed Inc revenue for the quarter ended Sept 30, 2014, was $380.4 million, a 6% increase compared to the same period last year. Net income was $83.3 million, an increase of 3% compared to last year. "We had a successful start to fiscal year 2015, as new product launches drove revenue growth," said Mick Farrell, ResMed's CEO (pictured). "Our results showed very strong performance from our European and Asia Pacific regions, as well as solid growth in the Americas. read more »

  • Heavy Sleep Presence at Medtrade Validated by Another Government Report
    November 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - Numerous sleep medicine exhibitors at last month’s Medtrade testified to the growing awareness of sleep disorders. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has put sleep apnea directly in the crosshairs by advocating the testing of rail engineers to check for sleep-disordered breathing. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Health Network Scoops Up Regional DME
    December 15, 2014

    PITTSBURGH, PA - Allegheny Health Network (AHN) recently acquired majority ownership of Klingensmith Healthcare a western Pennsylvania supplier of respiratory, HME, and related services. Georgie Blackburn, vice president of Government Relations at Blackburn’s, Tarentum, Pa, called the deal surprising, but not shocking. read more »

  • Exhibitors Plan for Medtrade Spring
    December 08, 2014

    LAS VEGAS - More than 150 manufacturers and service providers have signed on for Medtrade Spring, the Las Vegas version of the nation’s premiere HME event, scheduled for March 30-April 1, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Kurt Filiault
    December 08, 2014

    ENFIELD, NH - You can’t accuse officials at Enfield, New Hampshire-based Keene Medical Products of not pulling their weight. As dues-paying members of AAHomecare (back when it had a different name) since 1980, the Granite State company has never wavered in its support of industry efforts in Washington, DC. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Subcontracting - How to Properly Structure - Part 2
    December 15, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Competitive bidding rules provide that contract suppliers may subcontract with non-contract suppliers as long as the subcontractor has not been “excluded from the Medicare program, any state health program or any other government executive branch procurement or non-procurement activity.” read more »

  • Friendlier Format at Medtrade Spring
    December 15, 2014

    LAS VEGAS - More than 150 manufacturers and service providers have signed on for Medtrade Spring, the Las Vegas version of the nation’s premiere HME event, scheduled for March 30-April 1, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. read more »

  • Subcontracting - How to Properly Structure
    December 08, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Competitive bidding rules provide that contract suppliers may subcontract with non-contract suppliers as long as the subcontractor has not been “excluded from the Medicare program, any State health program or any other government executive branch procurement or nonprocurement activity.” To demonstrate that subcontractors meet this requirement, among others, the contract supplier must disclose the subcontract and related information within 10 business days after the parties execute the contract. read more »

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