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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • Cost Study Survey and Audit Key Need Data by Aug 5
    August 01, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC - AAHomecare has extended the deadline for the Cost Study Analysis to August 5.  We need a mix of large and small suppliers to provide a representative picture of cost throughout the industry. The amount of time needed to take the study varies depending on the size of your organization, so do not let this deter you--consider this effort an investment to help achieve legislative delay. read more »

  • Are You in Business or Are You in Healthcare?
    July 25, 2016

    STILLWATER, MN - My name is Jim Schafhauser, and 11 years ago, after nearly 30 years in the restaurant and automotive service industry, I joined Rose Schafhauser fulltime at Association Management LLC, managing and administering associations and councils in the HME/DME industry across the country. I, like Rose, am a business person. read more »

  • DME Cost Analysis Survey Open to All Suppliers, Data Will Determine True Cost of Providing DME
    July 25, 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC - AAHomecare is urging all suppliers to submit their data for the DME Industry Cost Analysis Study, which will determine the true cost of providing HME in multiple categories under threat by competitive bidding. There is no cost associated with taking this survey. All organizational data will be kept confidential and reporting will be in the aggregate only. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Responding to Medicare Cuts - Part 1 of a 4 Part Series
    August 01, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - The DME industry, as we know it today, has been around for about 40 years. It is a young industry. For the first 30 years of its existence, there was little government oversight on the DME industry. This has changed. Over the last 10 years, it feels like the government is making up for lost time. The DME industry is caught in a “perfect storm.”
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  • Medtrade Workshop Spotlight - Computers Unlimited Will Explore Medical Document Compliance
    July 25, 2016

    ATLANTA – A 6-hour workshop on day one of Medtrade 2016 aims to shed light on medical document compliance. Joe Simanton, senior product owner, Computers Unlimited (makers of TIMS Software), will preside over the workshop, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m, Oct 31, 2016, at Medtrade. read more »

  • Increase in False Claims Act Penalties - Epilogue
    July 11, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - On May 23, 2016, Medtrade Monday published an article I wrote entitled “False Claims Act Penalties Will Increase.” In the article, I discussed the fact that a little-known governmental agency, the Railroad Retirement Board, had increased FCA penalties. I pointed out that such an increase would likely be adopted by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”). Well, it looks like the increase is being adopted by the DOJ. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Medtrade 2016 - United States Power Soccer Returns to the Show Floor
    July 04, 2016

    ATLANTA – The United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA – www.powersoccerusa.net) will once again  play at least one demonstration game right on the Medtrade Show Floor at the Georgia World Congress Center. Game times are still to be determined, so keep watching Medtrade Monday for more information.   read more »

  • Medtrade Exhibitor Golden Debuts BuzzAround Extreme
    June 20, 2016

    OLD FORGE, PA – Golden Technologies (Booth #1305 at Medtrade, scheduled for Oct 31-Nov 3, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta) has introduced a new BuzzAround Extreme Scooter. The new scooter features the portability and easy disassembly of a lightweight scooter with the benefits of a full size scooter. read more »

  • CRT - Educate and Advocate in Washington, DC
    June 20, 2016

    EAST AMHERST, NY - When it comes to taking the Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) message to Congress, there is no better opportunity than coming to Washington and delivering it in person—and this is a critical year.  
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Respiratory/Sleep

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Tweaking Your Org Chart to Boost the Customer Experience
    July 04, 2016

    GRAND PRAIRIE, TX - July 1 has come. While the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment (PADME) Act has won the Senate, the House has yet to vote. This has not stopped CMS from publishing their drastically slashed fee schedules; thereby perpetuating the DME industry’s uncertain reimbursement future. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Dana Lesperance
    June 06, 2016

    JOHNSTON, RI – Round two of competitive bidding was good in some ways and bad in others for Johnston, Rhode Island-based Absolute Respiratory Care. While the results were mixed, Dana Lesperance, director of Marketing and Sales, did not hesitate to advocate on behalf of rural providers in an effort to stop the second phase of competitive bidding cuts—set to take effect on July 1. read more »

  • A Conversation with AAHomecare Legislative Conference Attendee Gary Sheehan
    May 30, 2016

    SANDWICH, MA - Gary Sheehan, MBA, estimates that he has attended the AAHomecare Legislative Conference about a dozen times. As president and CEO of Cape Medical Supply, providing service in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine, Sheehan focuses mostly on sleep therapy and respiratory care.

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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Spring 2017 - Call for Presentations - Due Date is Friday, Aug 19
    July 25, 2016

    ATLANTA – Do you wish to share your expertise with attendees at Medtrade Spring 2017? The event is scheduled for Feb 27-March 1, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. read more »

  • Arrangement with Physician - Case Study
    July 25, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - This article discusses the implications under the federal physician self-referral law and the federal anti-kickback statute regarding a hypothetical arrangement (“Arrangement”) between a DME supplier (“Supplier”) and a physician (“Physician”).   read more »

  • Distancing Ourselves from Medicare Fee-For-Service - Additional Issues
    July 18, 2016

    AMARILLO, TX - On June 27, 2016, Medtrade Monday published an article I wrote entitled “Distancing Ourselves From Medicare Fee-For-Service.” The crux of the article was that with the new Medicare fee schedule and the twin challenges of competitive bidding and audits, DME suppliers need to distance themselves from the traditional Medicare fee-for-service (“FFS”) model. In the June 27 article, I discussed a number of ways for suppliers to accomplish this goal. Below, I will discuss several issues that are relevant to the goal of moving away from the Medicare FFS model. read more »

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