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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 analysis which identifies “traditional” DME suppliers from data retrieved directly from the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) Contractor. The analysis excludes big merchandise corporations such as Walgreens and Walmart and only includes suppliers that service at least two DME product categories. The goal of this analysis is to track how the implementation of competitive bidding has impacted the DME industry. You can find AAHomecare’s latest supplier tracking analysis here.

New Briefing on DME for Dual Eligibles Available

WASHINGTON, DC – The Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) published a briefing titled, “Facilitating Access to Medicaid Durable Medical Equipment for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries in the Fee-for-Service System: Three State Approaches.” ICRC was founded to assist states and CMS with coordinating health care for Medicare-Medicaid dual eligibles.  In the briefing, ICRC explains how dual eligibles experience difficulty accessing timely DME services due to the complications of coverage between Medicare and Medicaid programs. Specifically, for DME items that are not covered under Medicare, dual eligibles usually have to wait until the Medicare claim is denied before a claim is submitted to Medicaid. In the briefing, ICRC highlights the policy solutions California, Connecticut, and Illinois have implemented to avoid wait time on Medicare denials.

You can find the full ICRC document here.