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Moving the HME Industry Forward

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Legislative Advocacy

  • Legislative Update - AAHomecare in Action
    September 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - The HME community needs a huge push over the next two days to cement support for the binding bids legislation, H.R. 4920, and the Audit Improvement and Reform (AIR) Act, H.R. 5083. read more »

  • Three Years and Much More
    September 15, 2014

    FORT COLLINS, CO - After 163 consecutive Medtrade Mondays, you would figure the dreaded “slow news week” would have materialized at least once. Instead, the HME news cycle remains vibrant—too vibrant. It’s great for journalists, but occasionally nerve wracking for business owners. read more »

  • State Talks Offer Networking and Learning
    September 08, 2014

    ATLANTA – Join leaders and representatives of state associations for the best of both worlds - networking and learning. Enjoy a cocktail, grab some light snacks, and meet with others from your part of the country and discuss issues, such as Medicaid, that are specific to your state. Space at each state's table is limited, so register early! Add-on to your registration. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Renting Out a Commercial Insurance Provider Contract
    August 04, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - A challenge facing DME suppliers relates to commercial plans that have “closed panels.” For example, ABC Medical Equipment applies to be added to the provider panel for an Insurance Company. However, the Insurance Company informs ABC Medical that the Insurance Company has a sufficient number of DME suppliers on its provider panel.  read more »

  • 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 »

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Power Soccer - This is Not an Everyone Wins Sport
    September 08, 2014

    CARMEL, IN - The United States Power Soccer Association is the governing body for the sport of power soccer in the US. Power soccer is the fastest growing adaptive sport in the world and is played in 15 countries. This is not “an everyone wins” sport. There will be cheers for those who are victorious, and there will be tears for those who lose—that is the attraction for most players who participate in this great sport. read more »

  • Medtrade 2014 - USPSA Will Play Two Exhibition Games on the Medtrade Show Floor
    September 08, 2014

    ATLANTA – The United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA – www.powersoccerusa.net) will play two exhibition games right on the Medtrade Show Floor at the Georgia World Congress Center. Game #1 will take place on Wednesday, Oct 22, at 11:00 a.m., and game #2 will happen at 2:00 p.m. read more »

  • At Home Medical Creates iPush Foundation for Wheelchair Community
    August 11, 2014

    ATLANTA - At Home Medical, an online provider for medical supply home delivery, has launched a non-profit motivational program called the iPush Foundation that is now available to join on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/IPushFoundation  and at www.ipush.org. read more »

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • APEX and ResMed Resolve Patent Disputes
    September 08, 2014

    ResMed Inc (Booth #1317 at Medtrade) and APEX Medical Corp (Booth #2148 at Medtrade) have agreed to a confidential settlement resolving their outstanding patent disputes. Under the agreement, APEX has the right to sell and globally import its Wizard masks, as well as its XT and iCH flow generators. APEX agreed to dismiss all validity challenges to ResMed patents, and ResMed agreed to dismiss pending litigation. Additional details of the settlement are confidential.  read more »

  • Joseph Lewarski joins GRQ Healthcare Consulting Firm
    September 01, 2014

    VIENNA, VA - Invacare veteran Joe Lewarski has left the Ohio-based manufacturer to join GRQ LLC, a health care consulting firm. Lewarski will join the organization as a Principal. read more »

  • ResMed to Debut Air Solutions at Medtrade
    August 25, 2014

    ATLANTA - Medtrade will be the first major U.S. industry conference where ResMed has the opportunity to showcase its entire Air Solutions platform, and its benefits, to HME providers. “Specifically, we’ll demonstrate how ResMed Air Solutions devices and software solutions maximize access to patient therapy data in a connected care ecosystem to streamline patient management and improve patient compliance,” says Jon Yerbury, vice president, Marketing, ResMed-Americas. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Road to Medtrade - Boost Your Leadership Skills
    September 15, 2014

    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 - Winning Strategies for Consumer Power
    September 01, 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 »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Diane Abercrombie
    September 01, 2014

    CHATTANOOGA, TN - Diane Abercrombie has seen her fair share of challenges during nearly three decades in the HME business, but nothing has compared to the ruptured brain aneurysm she suffered in 2011. “They found the brain aneurism by accident,” says Abercrombie, director of HME, ContinuCare HealthServices, Chattanooga, Tenn. “They were going to go in and clip it, and in surgery it ruptured—so I was very close to death.” read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Monday Turns Three
    September 15, 2014

    ATLANTA - Medtrade Monday began three years ago with a mission to report industry news and spread the untold stories surrounding Medtrade and Medtrade Spring. In that endeavor, we have relied on the wisdom of industry experts, many of whom have responded late on Friday nights to offer insights on so many different issues. Some huge stories—good and bad—have materialized in that time. Here are the highlights from 2011-2014. read more »

  • Medicare Anti-kickback Statute - Real World Case
    September 15, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - In last Monday’s Wall Street Journal, there was a front page article entitled “A Fast-Growing Medical Lab Tests Anti-Kickback Law.” This article is a “real life” example of how the Medicare anti-kickback statute affects health care providers and suppliers. The lessons taken from the article are equally applicable to DME suppliers. read more »

  • Looking for Medtrade Answers? It’s Probably on www.Medtrade.com
    September 15, 2014

    ATLANTA - The sheer amount of information available on the Medtrade web site is staggering. For example, the following categories feature lengthy drop-down menus:
    • Home
    • Show
    • Attendee
    • Exhibitor
    • Conference
    • Press
    • Hotel & Travel
    • News read more »

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