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Moving the HME Industry Forward

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Legislative Advocacy

  • August Recess is Great Time to Meet with Legislators
    July 28, 2014

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  • CMS Announces Competitive Bidding Recompete Plan
    July 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - CMS has announced plans to “recompete” the DME supplier contracts awarded in round two of the Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding program. CMS is required by law to recompete contracts under the program at least once every three years. The round two contract period for all product categories expires on June 30, 2016. read more »

  • Pain at the Gas Pump
    July 21, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - When the Middle East erupts, prices at the gas pump go up. The same is true when there is an oil rig explosion in the Gulf—or when a hurricane hits the coast. All of us feel the pain at the pump. The gas pump does not differentiate among socio-economic classes. The poor and the rich pay the same amount at the pump, and we have all come to expect it. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Brightree Boosts Role with AAHomecare
    July 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – Perennial Medtrade exhibitor Brightree (Booth #2245) is expanding its support of AAHomecare’s mission to help HME providers address challenging audit issues. In the new and exclusive agreement, Atlanta-based Brightree will be the information technology lead in shaping AAHomecare’s HME Audit Key service. read more »

  • 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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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • CMS Proposes Prior Authorization for CPAP
    July 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - On May 28, CMS published a proposed rule recommending a prior authorization (PA) process for certain DME. The rule identified a “master list” of DME items—including CPAP therapy and respiratory assist devices (RADs)—which could be subject to a proposed prior authorization process. read more »

  • 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 »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Road to Medtrade - Relationships with Referral Sources
    July 28, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - 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 »

  • Mother of Invention Sparks CareZips at Medtrade
    July 28, 2014

    ATLANTA – When Molly A. Dye (pictured) saw caregivers struggling to change her mother’s adult briefs, the seed of an idea took root. “The caregiver was rolling her on the bed, and I watched my mother grimace, not from pain, but from indignity,” says Dye, inventor/founder of Atlanta-based CareZips (Booth #TBA). “And the caregiver was straining. From there, the idea went from my brain, to my sewing machine, to prototypes.” read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Ashley Wolfe Plauché
    July 28, 2014

    KNOXVILLE, TN – When Ashley Wolfe Plauché visited Rep Diane Black’s (R-Tenn) office earlier this year during the AAHomecare Legislative Conference, it was the continuation of a multi-year conversation. Thanks to previous visits, Black’s assistants knew all about the HME industry, and Plauche could talk about specific policy initiatives. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Road to Medtrade - Structuring Relationships with Referral Sources
    July 28, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - 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 »

  • Reduction of Patient’s Copayment
    July 28, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Assume that a DME supplier desires to implement a policy entitled, “Collection of Deductibles and Copayments and Economic Hardship Waivers” (“Policy”). Assume that under the proposed Policy, the supplier desires to waive a patient’s copayment if (i) the patient’s family income is less than 400% of the federal poverty guidelines (FPG) and (ii) the patient does not have secondary insurance. read more »

  • Road to Medtrade - Leadership Matters
    July 21, 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 »

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