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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • MED Group Fly-In Coming Soon
    August 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - We’ve had great reports from HME providers who are making the effort to get face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffers at home during the August recess period. I’m confident that these activities will help us move the ball forward on important binding bid and audit reform legislation in the coming months. read more »

  • Medtrade Starts in Just Two Months
    August 18, 2014

    ATLANTA - Medtrade kicks off in exactly 62 days, but preparations for the nation’s premiere HME trade show have been going on for a long time. Scheduled for Oct 20-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Medtrade is the culmination of months of preparation that goes on right up to the day before the actual show. read more »

  • Competitive Bidding Under Fire
    August 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - HR 4920, the new bill introduced by Reps Tiberi and Larson, is gaining traction on Capitol Hill partly due to new stories that demonstrate the impact of competitive bidding on real people. WBZ Boston published an article about a Medicare patient in Massachusetts who was stranded in her home after her power wheelchair broke. 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

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • HME Voice Offers Dose of Inspiration
    August 25, 2014

    ATLANTA - Powered by Medtrade Radio and sponsored by Emerge Sales, HME Voice made its return last week with guests Mike Sperduti (pictured) and Alan Morris taking the hot seat. As director of Business Development for the VGM Group, Morris talked about his upcoming Medtrade presentation read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Diana Guth
    August 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - As the only independent HME provider from California to make the trip to AAHomecare’s Legislative Conference this year, Diana Guth, RRT, believes in doing her part. “It is easy to get disillusioned with government, and I am not immune to that,” says Guth, owner of Los Angeles-based Home Respiratory Care. “But I support AAHomecare, and I think they are doing an excellent job. They are working very hard, and I’m glad to see the stakeholders are now in charge.”   read more »

  • Medtrade Spring 2015 - Call for Presentations
    August 18, 2014

    LAS VEGAS - Those with good program ideas for Medtrade Spring 2015 are invited to share their experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for Medtrade Spring’s Call for Presentations. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Corporate Compliance Manual Recommended Contents - Part 3
    August 25, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Federal law requires DME suppliers enrolled in Medicare to establish and implement a compliance program. Because the Department of Health and Human Services has not yet published regulations on such compliance programs, a Corporate Compliance Manual should be designed to follow guidance from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. read more »

  • Road to Medtrade - Audit Proof Medicare Charts
    August 25, 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 »

  • Medtrade Workshops Go In-Depth
    August 25, 2014

    ATLANTA - Getting to Medtrade on day one of the Oct 20-23 show could pay huge dividends for the rest of your year, and beyond. With four 7-hour workshops to choose from (see below), attendees can begin the nation’s premiere HME trade show with a solid educational foundation. read more »

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