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Legislative Advocacy

  • Significant DMEPOS Provisions Included in Just-Released ESRD Rule
    July 15, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, CMS released updated guidance on a proposed rule that proposes to update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) payment system that also includes major new provisions related to DMEPOS competitive bidding and the current fee schedule.  According to CMS’ Fact Sheet, provisions of the new rule…

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  • A Great Show for Challenging Times
    July 15, 2018

    WICHITA FALLS, TX – As I sit here thinking about how to grow my DME business, that little person on my shoulder keeps yelling, “Retail!” I firmly believe that retail is one of many options to work toward. I have talked to, listened to, and visited locations that were mostly insurance-based, and now are mostly…

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  • Latest Analysis Shows One Out of Three DME Suppliers Have Closed Since 2010
    June 30, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – AAHomecare’s new supplier number analysis shows that roughly 33.8% of suppliers have closed their businesses since 2010. The new April 2018 data reveals there are currently roughly 6,470 “traditional” supplier companies with 9,622 locations across the country. As noted in a WiW article earlier this month, AAHomecare announced the new supplier number…

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Positive Changes to the Competitive Bidding Program
    July 15, 2018

    AMARILLO, TX – For over a year, the DME industry has been waiting for direction from CMS regarding the next round of competitive bidding (CB) scheduled for Jan 1, 2019. At the same time, the industry has been aware that CMS was considering substantive changes to the CB program. Well, the DME industry finally received…

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  • CareCredit Signs On as Sponsor at Medtrade
    July 7, 2018

    ATLANTA – CareCredit is a familiar exhibitor at Medtrade, and this year the 30-year-old company will make its presence even more well known when the show convenes Oct 15-17, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Specifically, the CareCredit logo will appear on the complimentary canvas bags that make it so convenient to…

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  • “Win” for DME Suppliers: Injunction Against Recoupment of Money
    July 6, 2018

    AMARILLO, TX – As discussed in a recent Medtrade Monday article, on March 27, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an appellate decision that is good news for DME suppliers and other health care providers caught in the “No Man’s Land” between reconsideration and the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). If a DME supplier…

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Major Presence for Golden
    July 15, 2018

    ATLANTA – Golden Technologies has been a stalwart exhibitor at Medtrade over the last three decades, often adorned with an American flag to remind providers of the company’s made-in-America ethos. This year, Golden will boost its already considerable presence with an official Show Sponsorship when Medtrade convenes Oct 15-17, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress…

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  • CEUs Are Back at Medtrade, Courtesy of Quantum Rehab
    July 1, 2018

    ATLANTA – Educational opportunities are plentiful at Medtrade, but attendees looking to collect some continuing education units (CEUs) now have two new options, at no additional charge. Providers who are actively involved in the provision of complex rehab technology [CRT], or are thinking about it, should consider attendance. Thanks to the educational team at Quantum…

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  • Medtrade Exhibitor Pride Mobility Products® Facebook Page Hits Milestone With Retail Consumers
    June 15, 2018

    EXETER, PA – The Facebook page for Pride Mobility Products® reached a retail-mobility industry first, achieving 10,000 followers. With about 80% of seniors and Baby Boomers now using the Internet, Pride’s Facebook page has seen unprecedented use and growth by consumers in the retail mobility segment. “We believe strongly in harnessing the power of social…

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • ResMed to Acquire HEALTHCAREfirst
    June 1, 2018

    SAN DIEGO – Medtrade exhibitor ResMed has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held HEALTHCAREfirst, a provider of software solutions and services for home health and hospice agencies. HEALTHCAREfirst offers electronic health record (EHR) software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics that enable home health and hospice agencies to optimize their clinical,…

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  • Precision Medical – Made and Stayed in America
    June 1, 2018

    NORTHAMPTON, PA – The Precision Medical Inc booth is a familiar site at Medtrade, where the Northampton, Pa-based maker of oxygen products has been a long-time exhibitor. With no need for splashy marketing, the 34-year-old company, founded by Mike Krupa, has instead made its mark through a relentless focus on quality and reliability, with all…

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  • ResMed Study – Nearly a Billion Sleep Apnea Sufferers?
    May 26, 2018

    SAN DIEGO – A new data analysis presented by ResMed last week at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2018 International Conference indicates that the prevalence of sleep apnea impacts more than 936 million people worldwide—nearly 10 times greater than previous estimates. “We know that there is a high correlation between obesity and sleep apnea,” says…

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Cure Medical Debuts Pocket-Sized Hydrophilic Cure Kit for Sterile-Use Catheterization
    July 7, 2018

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Expanding on the popularity of the Hydrophilic Cure Catheter®, Cure Medical is announcing the availability of a Hydrophilic Cure Kit that includes the ready-to-use, 16-inch Cure hydrophilic catheters. “Popular demand for Cure Medical hydrophilic catheters led us to offer the new Hydrophilic Cure Kit to urological sales partners and end users…

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  • Making a Move – Not All Smooth Sailing
    July 7, 2018

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ – As an Arizona retailer, I decided to move my Scottsdale location earlier this year, and I thought I had it covered. After opening three stores in 18 months, I figured; How hard can it be to move? While the fixtures arrived and the build out went smoothly, other aspects were painful. For…

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  • FOCUS Conference Seeking Industry Experts to Speak
    July 6, 2018

    WATERLOO, IA – Organizers of Essentially Women’s annual conference, FOCUS: The EW Conference, have announced that they’re now accepting presentation submissions from interested speakers. “We are seeking thought leaders and industry experts to share their knowledge on a variety of topics relevant to women’s health care providers,” said Nikki Jensen, vice president of Essentially Women….

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General Healthcare

  • FODAC and Goodwill of North Georgia Partner to Help People with Disabilities Get Necessary Medical Equipment 
    July 15, 2018

    TUCKER, GA – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) and Goodwill of North Georgia (Goodwill) are joining forces to further amplify their impact in the metro Atlanta area. Made possible by a 2018 Collaborative Innovation Grant by The Home Depot Foundation, the nonprofits are working together to collect, repair and redistribute home medical equipment (HME) and assistive technology to…

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  • Plans for Medtrade Closing Reception in the Works
    July 15, 2018

    ATLANTA – Last year’s Medtrade concluded with Kevin Gaffney, group show director, cranking the handle of a golden tumbler filled with entry cards in the show’s first-ever $5,000 giveaway. The new closing reception and cash giveaway injected a shot of energy to the final day, and organizers are bringing it back.   With title sponsor…

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  • Registration Discount Exclusive for Medtrade Monday Readers
    July 6, 2018

    ATLANTA – If you missed SmartSaver rates, don’t fret. Medtrade Monday readers* have access to a substantial (45%) Medtrade registration discount. Simply use the code SMARTER to get substantially lower rates—almost identical to SmartSaver rates. It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyal Medtrade Monday readership, just be sure to register by Friday, July 13…

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