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Legislative Advocacy

  • CMS Releases Guidance on Prior Authorization for PMD
    August 11, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, CMS published, “Inclusion of Power Mobility Device Codes in the Prior Authorization Program for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Items,” which is a guidance for PMD suppliers on the transition to the national PA program. The article lists all the HCPCS codes that will be included in…

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  • Wins for HME Don’t Happen Without You
    August 11, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – We’ve seen important progress on HME public policy over the first seven months of 2018, and I believe there’s a lot of opportunity ahead to build on these successes. The HME community raised the visibility of theInterim Final Rule on HME to produce a volume of Congressional interest on the Rule that OMB Director…

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  • Congressional Recess Provides Opportunity to Advocate for Additional Relief for HME
    August 4, 2018

    WASHINGTON, DC – With the House currently on recess until after Labor Day (and the Senate set to join them later next week), the HME community can make a strong impression on their legislators via district-office meetings and at public events.  Our industry secured some important gains in the recently-released ESRD/DMEPOS proposed rule, and we…

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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Fighting Sole Source Contracts:  Lessons from Illinois
    August 18, 2018

    AMARILLO, TX – Over the past 10 years, DME suppliers have focused their attention on the Medicare and Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) programs. On the Medicare side, suppliers have had to deal with competitive bidding, aggressive auditors, reduced reimbursement, and stringent document requirements. On the Medicaid side, suppliers have focused on decreases in reimbursement and an increase in audits and investigations.

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  • Registration Open for Brightree Summit
    August 11, 2018

    ATLANTA – Ready for a one-two power punch? The Brightree Summit is back – bigger and better than ever—and once again held in conjunction with Medtrade so attendees can maximize their time and travel budgets to attend the two events together. The 2018 Brightree Summit, Brightree’s one-day user conference on Oct. 15 at the Omni…

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  • Sales Tax and New Supreme Court Decision
    August 10, 2018

    AMARILLO, TX – It is common for a DME supplier to sell products to customers residing in other states. In doing so, the supplier needs to address whether it has the obligation to collect sales tax.

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Rehab/Mobility

  • Hygie Offers New Products and Burgeoning Opportunity at Medtrade
    August 19, 2018

    ATLANTA – Visitors to the Hygie booth at Medtrade this year will find something new when the Newark, Delaware-based company makes its fifth trip to the nation’s premiere HME-focused trade show. According to Emanuel Couture-Armand (pictured), export director, Hygie, is traveling to Atlanta to introduce its new Facili-T folding commode chair, and to meet face to…

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  • Medtrade New Exhibitor Collection Preview – Alternative to Lift Chair?
    August 18, 2018

    LOS ANGELES – Physical therapist turned inventor Carolyn Virgo will be showing off a product at Medtrade that she says will help people stand from a seated position. Billed as an alternative to lift chairs, the new equipment has been in development for two years, now officially under the umbrella of RockUP LLC, formed just…

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  • MK Battery’s Dennis Sharpe Talks Retirement, Power Soccer, Wine, and More
    August 18, 2018

    ANAHEIM, CA – A familiar face in the mobility industry will retire at the end of this month, ending a distinguished career with venerable MK Battery, Anaheim, California. Medtrade Monday sat down with Dennis for a bit more insight on his 32-year career with MK Battery. Medtrade Monday: How did you initially come to be…

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • 4Q Results Strong for ResMed
    August 4, 2018

    SAN DIEGO – Medtrade exhibitor ResMed Inc posted fourth quarter fiscal year revenue (quarter ended June 30, 2018) of $623.6 million, a 12% increase compared to the same period of the prior year. “We closed out the year with strong performance across all aspects of our business, from solid top-line revenue growth – driven by geographically…

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  • 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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Manufacturer/Provider

  • Medtrade Spring 2019 – Call for Presentations
    August 10, 2018

    LAS VEGAS – The Medtrade Spring Call for Presentations is officially on, with organizers looking for speakers and panelists to lead educational sessions at the April 17-18, 2019, show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Deadline is in a dozen days. Are you willing to share successes and struggles? Are you an experienced provider who…

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  • Call for Submissions – Innovative HME Retail Awards at Medtrade
    July 29, 2018

    ATLANTA – The Innovative HME Retail Product Awards, sponsored by HomeCare Mag, are back. The purpose of the competition is to recognize products that contribute to providers’ bottom lines though cash sales. Past years have yielded some truly worthy winners, and Medtrade organizers are looking to up the ante in 2018 by attracting more entrants…

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  • Early Rates Until Aug 25
    July 29, 2018

    ATLANTA – Early rates for Medtrade are currently in effect until Saturday, Aug 25. These rates offer attendees a $100 savings on a Conference Pass and $50 on an Expo pass. Medtrade is scheduled for Oct 15-17, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Under Early rates: an Expo-only pass costs $50; and…

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General Healthcare

  • Early Rates for Medtrade Expire on Aug 25
    August 19, 2018

    ATLANTA – Prospective Medtrade attendees still have access to Early Rates, but the last day (Aug 25) is looming. Early rates offer substantial savings over day-of-the-show rates. Medtrade is scheduled for Oct 15-17, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Connecting the HME industry since 1979, Medtrade features a large expo floor filled with the leading…

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  • Medtrade – New Education Programs Stay Ahead of the Game
    August 18, 2018

    AMARILLO, TX – It is the goal of the Medtrade Education Advisory Board (EAB) to always “stay ahead of the game” when it comes to offering education programs. The upcoming Medtrade will be no exception. The EAB has spent considerable time putting together education programs that are relevant today and into the near future. As…

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  • 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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