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Moving the HME Industry Forward

Latest News

Legislative Advocacy

  • AAHomecare in Action - Legislative Conference One Month Away
    April 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of a big legislative victory, Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare, is anxious to build on the momentum. “We’re working to get relief for members on audits, expand the prior authorization process, protect access to CRT and defend against the 2016 rate cuts,” says Ryan with just one month to go before the next AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference. read more »

  • Mark Your Calendar for Medtrade in Atlanta
    April 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - I’m sorry if you missed Medtrade Spring this year, because you missed a great show. It was a very positive experience, and a much-needed boost for our industry. read more »

  • Binding Bids and Licensure Passes
    April 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama signed Medicare legislation into law last week that included provisions to make all DMEPOS competitive bids binding, and to require proof of licensure in Medicare contract auctions. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Legal Issues Related to Supplier Price Discounts
    April 06, 2015

    A supplier is prohibited from charging Medicare or Medicaid substantially in excess of the company’s usual charges, unless there is good cause, and that a supplier that violates this prohibition is subject to exclusion from federal health care programs. This provision comes into play when a supplier wants to offer discounted prices to cash customers or accept discounted fees under contracts with third-party payors that are well below Medicare DMEPOS fee schedule amounts. read more »

  • Real World Case - The Epilogue
    March 30, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - In September, I wrote an article entitled “Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute – ‘Real World’ Case.” In the article (click here to access), I discussed a front page Wall Street Journal (WSJ) story entitled, “A Fast-Growing Medical Lab Tests Anti-Kickback Law.” read more »

  • Billing Part B Patients in SNF Certified Facilities
    March 23, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - The government has taken the position that if a facility originally received Medicare certification for participation as a SNF, then that singular event prohibits a DME supplier from billing Part B for products delivered to custodial patients residing in the facility. On February 24, 2015, a Louisiana federal court ruled against the government’s position. read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Noncompliant Oxygen Patients
    February 02, 2015

    AMARILLO, TX - A growing challenge to DME supplierS is what to do with noncompliant oxygen patients. A supplier probably could reasonably conclude that the absence of a fully compliant recertification CMN is a technical fault to be remedied by the pickup of equipment. Likewise, there must be information in the beneficiary’s medical record to support that the item continues to be used by the beneficiary and remains reasonable and necessary. If there is no medical evidence that the item is reasonable and necessary, the supplier is no longer required to provide service to the beneficiary. read more »

  • NTSB Presses Regulators and Medtrade Spring Welcomes Sleep Exhibitors
    January 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made it perfectly clear: they want trucking regulators to institute sleep apnea screening requirements. The requirement is thus far nothing but an item on a wish list, because the trucking lobby is dead-set against additional regulations.
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  • Oxygen - When Can You Restart the 36-Month Cap?
    January 19, 2015

    The reasonable useful lifetime (“RUL”) for oxygen equipment is five years. At any time after the end of the RUL, the beneficiary may elect to receive new equipment, thus beginning a new 36-month rental period. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • A Closer Look at Innovative HME Retail Product Award Winners
    April 13, 2015

    LAS VEGAS – The top prize in the biannual Innovative HME Retail Product Awards, sponsored by HomeCare magazine, went to a familiar product that got its start at Medtrade 2013—the iWALK2.0 Hands Free Crutch from iWALKFree Inc. read more »

  • Medtrade Spring Exhibitor Spotlights
    March 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - A/R Allegiance is bringing out the “Briefcase Full of Cash” at Medtrade Spring. Those who want a shot at the distinctive promotion should visit Booth #503 at next week’s Medtrade Spring at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas (and those who won’t be there also have a shot).
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  • Top Ten Finalists Named for Innovative HME Retail Product Awards
    March 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - The biannual Innovative HME Retail Product Awards, sponsored by HomeCare Magazine, are down to the top ten. The awards honor HME products that are particularly suited for retail sale. The purpose of the competition is to promote and recognize products that contribute to providers' bottom lines though cash sales. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Couldn’t Make it to Vegas? Medtrade is Set for Oct 26-29 in Atlanta
    April 20, 2015

    ATLANTA – With another successful Medtrade Spring in the books, attention immediately shifts to Medtrade. The Fall edition of the nation’s premiere HME trade show will once again be held at its familiar home at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from Oct 26-29, 2015. 

Whether you made it out to the Nevada desert three weeks ago for Medtrade Spring, or decided to hold off, the trip to Atlanta is simply not to be missed. read more »

  • Call for Medtrade Presentations - Deadline Extended to April 21
    April 20, 2015

    ATLANTA - If you have an interesting program idea, we invite you to share your experience and knowledge by submitting a proposal for our Call for Presentations. By submitting an abstract, you will help shape the educational conferences at Medtrade 2015, and the future of the industry. If selected as a conference speaker, you will gain visibility in the HME industry and contribute to the advancement of your profession. read more »

  • Medtrade Spring in Photos
    April 20, 2015

    LAS VEGAS – The western version of the nation’s premiere HME trade show was chock full of educational sessions, with industry experts sharing valuable knowledge. If you missed these presentations, or if you wish to share them with staff members, crystal clear audio recordings with handouts are available. read more »

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