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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • 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 »

  • Battling the Barrage of Audits
    July 14, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - A barrage of government audits continues to cripple many HME companies, and the majority of these audits are overturned by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). Unfortunately, the process of overturning a denied claim can take years; significantly impacting a home care provider's ability to service patients. AAHomecare is ready to bring the industry together to fix this broken system. 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

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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

  • Buying and Selling a DME Supplier
    July 21, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - There are a number of reasons that a DME supplier may want to buy another DME supplier …or may want to sell. An entrepreneur may work long hours, cash in and retire. In addition to growing organically, a supplier may desire to expand through acquisitions. Regardless of the reasons for the purchase or sale of a DME supplier, it is important for the purchaser and seller to follow certain guidelines. read more »

  • Innovation Awaits at Medtrade
    July 21, 2014

    ATLANTA – Judges will once again have tough decisions to make when the Innovative HME Retail Product Awards make their return to Medtrade, scheduled for Oct 20-23, 2014, in Atlanta. The biannual awards, sponsored by HomeCare Magazine, honor HME products that are particularly suited for retail sale. read more »

  • Enforcement of Covenants Not to Compete
    July 14, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Employment contracts may contain clauses that forbid the employee from competition with the employer during and after leaving employment. Agreements not to compete are only enforceable if reasonable. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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