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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • 153 House Members Endorse HME Policy Priorities
    June 19, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional sign-on letter on HME priority issues “closed” last week with commitments from 153 members of the House of Representatives. Per the usual procedure with these sign-on letters, Hill staffers are now taking the letter to each of these offices to get an actual signature on the letter. AAHomecare will update providers when the letter and signatories are officially released. read more »

  • Unintended Consequences Plaguing HME Government Policy
    June 12, 2017

    TENNESSEE - HME provider Kevin Atkins penned an op-ed for The Jackson Sun earlier this month. Atkins is president of Home Medical Products Inc. Based in Tennessee, the company provides Tennesseans on Medicare with service and products through its 10 store locations across the Volunteer State and into Mississippi and Kentucky. Home Medical Products Inc submitted a piece detailing the problems with regulatory policies covering the HME sector, including drastic reimbursement cuts for rural providers, stating: read more »

  • Increased Attention Needed on TRICARE Rates
    June 12, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - With the publishing of the fee schedule by CMS, the HME industry is still awaiting the Department of Defense Health plans and timeline for implementing the Cures Act. AAHomecare recently sent a letter reminding the Department of Defense that CMS will comply with Congress' mandate by reprocessing DMEPOS claims with date of service between July 1 and December 31, 2016 and pay those claims according to the new fee schedule published for July 1, 2016. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Re-Start of the 36-Month Oxygen Rental Term
    June 19, 2017

    There are a number of scenarios in which a DME supplier can re-start the 36 month oxygen rental term. read more »

  • Medtrade Exhibitor Brightree Acquires Conduit Technology LLC
    June 12, 2017

     ATLANTA – Medtrade exhibitor Brightree LLC, provider of cloud-based software to improve business and clinical performance of post-acute care organizations, has acquired Conduit Technology, LLC. Conduit is a provider of documentation and workflow solutions. Conduit Technology’s flagship product, Conduit Office, is the engine behind Brightree’s solution called MyForms. read more »

  • CGS and the 60-Day Rule
    June 05, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - In prior articles, I discussed Section 6402 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and subsequent regulations that state that if a DME supplier suspects (or reasonably should suspect) that it should not have been paid for certain claims, then it has six months to investigate whether such claims were appropriate and, if inappropriate, to quantify the overpayment. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Caretailing is Here - What Are You Waiting For?
    June 19, 2017

    GOOSE CREEK, SC – It’s ironic that home medical equipment supply is referred to as a “business” when so few companies in this industry actually adhere to conventional business principles. Put in its simplest terms, business is a process where a merchant provides a product or service to a customer who reciprocates by paying a fee determined by the seller. Included in that fee is the cost of the seller’s overhead expenses plus a fair profit margin. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - New Business Continues to Grow
    June 05, 2017

    PARKER, CO – Yet another mid-life switch to HME caretailing is paying off. Almost three years ago, Bill and Doreen Leahy made a bold decision to open an all-cash HME retailing business in Parker, Colorado, a 50,000-population city in the northern part of the Rocky Mountain state. read more »

  • Invacare Preps for Long Term Growth After Latest Results Report
    May 15, 2017

    ELYRIA, OH – Medtrade exhibitor Invacare Corp announced results last week for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. After another quarter of progress on the company’s planned transformation, reported net sales decreased 10.0% to $231.7 million, or 4.4% on a constant currency basis, excluding the impact of the third quarter 2016 divestiture of Garden City Medical Inc. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Medtrade Spring 2018 Call for Presentations
    June 19, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – Medtrade Spring organizers are now accepting proposals for presentations at Medtrade Spring 2018, scheduled for March 27-29, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Those who wish to share their knowledge as panelists are also urged to apply. read more »

  • Medtrade 2017 Early Registration is in Full Swing
    June 19, 2017

    ATLANTA – Early registration for Medtrade, the Fall edition of the nation’s premiere HME trade show, is open. The show will once again be held in its familiar home at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from Oct 23-25, 2017.  read more »

  • Certified Durable Medical Equipment Specialist (CDME) is Back at Medtrade
    June 19, 2017

    ATLANTA – Make the most out of your day one (Oct 23, 2017) experience at Medtrade by gaining knowledge at the Certified Durable Medical Equipment Specialist (CDME) workshop. Officials at the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) will cover the scope of practice for the CDME, preparing attendees to take the CDME exam (additional $100 fee) on the final day of Medtrade (Oct 25) and earn the credential.  read more »

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