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Moving the HME Industry Forward

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Legislative Advocacy

  • The Medtrade Educational Advisory Board - What Do They Do?
    July 07, 2014

    BETHESDA, MD - The EAB was started years ago as a way to formalize the submission and review process for both the Medtrade and Medtrade Spring Shows. At that time, each of the members had been individually reviewing submitted sessions in a particular track for the education director at the American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) for a few years, but we had not met as a group. read more »

  • Federal Disability Rights Versus Competitive Bidding
    June 30, 2014

    BAYONNE, NJ - It is regrettable that the HME industry, throughout a decade of high pitched lobbying against the bidding program, never once challenged Congress to examine its potential impact on the civil rights of the disabled. With each trip to Washington, the mantra we always presented was how damaging the program would be to community providers and patient access to services. read more »

  • Providers Testify at Small Business Administration Hearing
    June 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, a group of advocates (pictured) testified before the Small Business Administration (SBA) on the impacts of the Medicare competitive bidding program on the HME industry. Along with eight other speakers, Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, spoke about the disastrous effects the program has had on hundreds of businesses across the country. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Medtrade Exhibitor Brightree Joins CommonWell Health Alliance
    July 07, 2014

    VIENNA, VA - CommonWell Health Alliance, a not-for-profit trade association, welcomed new members Brightree (Booth #2245) and MacPractice as contributing members last week. read more »

  • ABNs - Proper Use and Pitfalls - Part 3
    June 30, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - CMS requires Medicare health care providers and suppliers to provide Medicare beneficiaries with an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, if the provider thinks Medicare probably (or certainly) will not pay for the items or services because they are not medically necessary. A provider that fails to deliver an ABN when required may not bill the beneficiary for the non-covered items or services.
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  • ABNs - How to Properly Use and Pitfalls to Avoid - Part 2 of 3
    June 23, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires Medicare health care providers and suppliers to provide Medicare beneficiaries with an Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, if the provider thinks Medicare probably (or certainly) will not pay for the items or services because they are not medically necessary. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Harrison Ford Using iWALK2.0 Hands Free Crutch
    July 07, 2014

    LONDON - Medtrade exhibitor iWALKFree Inc is strutting with confidence these days thanks to burgeoning awareness, and a little help from legendary actor Harrison Ford. After breaking his ankle during filming of the next Star Wars sequel in London, the 71-year-old Ford began using the iWALK2.0 Hands Free Crutch a few weeks ago.
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  • MK Battery - New National Sales Director, Same Commitment to the Industry
    June 02, 2014

    ANAHEIM, CA - MK Battery has appointed Bret Tracy as its new national sales director. Tracy, who is an ATP (assistive technology professional, joined the company in 2012 as associate director of HME Business following an extensive sales and sales management career in the mobility industry.   read more »

  • Quantum Rehab Acquires Stealth - Companies to Operate Independently
    May 19, 2014

    EXETER, PA - Quantum Rehab®, a Pride Mobility Products® company, has acquired Texas-based Stealth Products Inc, a maker of complex rehab technology components and accessories. Under the acquisition, Stealth Products, its management team, and employees will continue operating independently. read more »

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Exiting Oxygen Suppliers and New Rental Periods
    July 07, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Recent guidance from CMS has made clear that when a supplier exits the Medicare oxygen business and is no longer able to continue furnishing oxygen and oxygen equipment, CMS considers the oxygen equipment out on beneficiaries to be “lost.” This allows a supplier that furnishes replacement oxygen equipment to start a new 36-month rental period.  read more »

  • USA Today Highlights Sleep Deprivation
    June 30, 2014

    New Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data has spawned more consumer press on the negative effects of sleep deprivation. The latest comes courtesy of the June 22 USA Today via reporter Nanci Hellmich. read more »

  • Philips Respironics Preps for Medtrade After Splash at SLEEP
    June 09, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS - A new study presented at SLEEP 2014 by Philips Respironics (Booth #1711 at Medtrade, scheduled for Oct 20-23, 2014) concluded that patients using the SleepMapper mobile app and web-based ­solution achieved a 22% higher positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy adherence rate than non-users. The results of the study further the evidence that patient engagement in care can lead to behavioral change and ultimately, better results and healthier populations. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Nifty Niches at Medtrade
    July 07, 2014

    ATLANTA - Cultivating a niche market is not easy. Providers who dabble will likely not succeed, but those willing to put in the proper training and capital investment can establish a profitable business. read more »

  • Real Provider, Real Improvement at Medtrade
    June 30, 2014

    WEST SENECA, NY – Seven years ago, Jennifer Kostowniak wanted to streamline the billing process at Buffalo Wheelchair. At the time, the West Seneca, NY-based provider was only sending electronic claims to Medicare and Medicaid. All the rest were being printed and sent on paper. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Teresa Lynne Aldridge
    June 30, 2014

    CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Teresa Lynne Aldridge, owner of American Mobility Products Inc, Campbellsville, Ky, found her calling after helping her very first customer. The elderly patient had suffered a stroke and was bedridden, and the woman did not know about the power mobility devices on the market. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Road to Medtrade - Face-to-Face in the Real World
    July 07, 2014

    ATLANTA - The upcoming Medtrade (Oct 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta) has an excellent line-up of speakers who will present programs addressing the most important topics faced by DME suppliers today. Every issue of Medtrade Monday, leading up to Medtrade, will highlight a Medtrade program. read more »

  • Road to Medtrade - Boomerology Revealed
    June 30, 2014

    ATLANTA - The upcoming Medtrade (Oct 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta) has an excellent line-up of speakers who will present programs addressing the most important topics faced by DME suppliers today. Every issue of Medtrade Monday, leading up to Medtrade, will highlight a Medtrade program. read more »

  • Covidien Will Maintain Medtrade Presence in Wake of Medtronic Deal
    June 23, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS AND DUBLIN – In a deal that reverberated from the land of 10,000 lakes to the emerald isle, Dublin-based Medtronic Inc acquired Covidien, Minneapolis, in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $93.22 per Covidien share, or a total of approximately $42.9 billion. read more »

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