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Moving the HME Industry Forward

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Legislative Advocacy

  • Dare to Be Optimistic
    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – It’s true that many HME providers think about attending Medtrade Spring in Las Vegas or Medtrade in Atlanta, long before they ever finally attend. I have heard the stories, and the ending is just about always the same. They say, “I should not have waited so long. I got so much out of attending the show.” read more »

  • AAHomecare Disappointed With Reimbursement Adjustment Timeline
    February 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC - As reported last week, CMS has released guidance to the DME MACs for retroactive reimbursement adjustments for rural/non-bid area providers for equipment and services furnished between July 1-Dec. 31, 2016, as mandated by CURES legislation that passed late last year. read more »

  • Dr. Price Will Find a Way
    February 13, 2017

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - As one familiar with the history of the Medicare program (as an early provider and now a beneficiary and association manager), I am convinced beyond any doubt that the HME industry hit rock bottom in 2016 and has begun a move that will bring us as close as we will ever get to the marvelous first ten years of existence. We have never had an HHS Secretary who knows and appreciates our industry like Dr. Tom Price, and all I have heard about the prospective CMS Administrator has been good. The changes CMS has already made or proposed have been encouraging. read more »

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Paying Physicians - Guidance from Two Cases
    February 20, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - Within certain legal parameters, a DME supplier can make payments to physicians. For example, if the supplier and physician enter into a legitimate Medical Director Agreement, then the supplier can make payments to the physician. Likewise, if a physician will provide bona fide education services for the supplier, then the supplier can pay fair market value (“FMV”) compensation to the physician. In entering into these types of arrangements with physicians, the DME supplier must avoid violating the Medicare anti-kickback statute (“AKS”) and the federal Stark physician self-referral statute (“Stark”). read more »

  • HIPAAwise.com and ACU-Serve Bring Billing/Compliance Wisdom to Medtrade Spring
    February 13, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – HME providers looking for powerful technology to boost billing acumen and HIPAA compliance should check out Booth #735 at Medtrade Spring. Attendees will find 20-year-old ACU-Serve right alongside newcomer HIPAAwise.com. read more »

  • Clinical Study - Be Aware of Kickback Problems
    February 13, 2017

    AMARILLO, TX - It is important for DME suppliers to be aware that they live in the proverbial “glass house.” As part of this awareness, suppliers need to understand two metaphors that govern an analysis of whether an arrangement is legitimate, or if it is simply a disguised kickback: “you can put lipstick on a pig…but it is still a pig;” and “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…then it is a duck.” read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • ResMed Posts Revenue Boost in Latest Quarterly Announcement
    January 30, 2017

    SAN DIEGO – Medtrade Spring exhibitor ResMed Inc recently announced results for its quarter ended Dec 31, 2016. Reported revenue for the quarter was $530.4 million, a 17 percent increase compared to the same period of the prior year. Excluding the contribution from the Brightree business acquired in April 2016, revenue for the quarter was $496.6 million, a 9 percent increase.   read more »

  • ResMed and BMC/3B Medical Settle Global Litigation
    January 23, 2017

    SAN DIEGO and WINTER HAVEN, FL – Medtrade Spring exhibitors ResMed (Booth #1115) and BMC/3B Medical (Booth #1034) have agreed on a global settlement of all litigation between the parties. read more »

  • FDA Clears World’s Smallest CPAP – the ResMed AirMini
    January 16, 2017

    SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared ResMed’s AirMini CPAP. ResMed officials are calling the AirMini the “world’s smallest continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.” read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Workshops at Medtrade Spring - Get Your CDME Credential
    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – If you’re making the trip to Medtrade Spring, you have the opportunity to come back with a respected credential that differentiates your company. “The Durable Medical Equipment Specialist (CDME) credential proves the professional competency of the certification holder and gives HME providers a competitive edge over other HME businesses that don’t have CDMEs on staff,” says Carrie Green, marketing manager, Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC). “Achieving CDME certification requires minimal investment, and the certification will provide an ongoing benefit to HME providers and the customers they serve.” read more »

  • Exhibitor Spotlights - Oxygen, Support Surfaces, and Software
    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – CAIRE, a Chart Industries Company (Booth #400) joins multiple oxygen offerings on tap at Medtrade Spring, set to begin in just one week at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. read more »

  • A Conversation With Sales Guru Mike Sperduti - Part One
    February 06, 2017

    LAS VEGAS - Mike Sperduti, president and CEO of the Mike Sperduti Companies, is preparing to lead a four-part workshop at Medtrade Spring, with no extra charge for attendees. There are two sessions on Monday (2/27) and two on Tuesday (2/28). read more »

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General Healthcare

  • One Week Until Medtrade Spring
    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – HME providers who make the trip to Medtrade Spring want to make it count, and gaining as much benefit from the show as possible requires consideration of all the events.
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  • Down Low on the Co-Lo

    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – It’s likely you’ve seen some headlines about Medtrade Spring’s co-location with the Environments for Aging (EFA) show. In case you haven’t been reading the fine print, here is what you need to know. read more »

  • Medtrade Spring - Download the New Mobile App
    February 20, 2017

    LAS VEGAS – With the new Medtrade Spring 2017 app, you can:
    • Build a personalized schedule — sessions to attends, events, and appointments;
    • Download speaker handouts to your device, or email them to your desktop;
    • Search and bookmark exhibitors to visit; read more »

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