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Competitive Bidding to Go National by 2016

CMS gearing up to expand program or pricing to non-bid areas; seeks public comment.

Dynamic Healthcare Services Acquires Reliable Medical

Healthcare firm buys Hackensack, N.J. provider of respiratory, sleep, mobility, other DME.

Study: 20% of Hospitalized COPD Patients Readmitted Within 30 days

Research regarding use of drug offers compelling data for all in COPD care continuum.

Industry Confusion over Face-to-Face Remains

AAHomecare letters seek clarification from CMS’s General Counsel on various points.

Medicaid Bidding Proposal Re-Surfaces

AAHomecare fights suggested legislation that would see competitive bidding rates applied to Medicaid in order to cover ‘doc fix’ costs.

Industry Asks for Capped Rental Delay

Round One Re-compete and Round Two reimbursement add layer of complexity, confusion to implementation.

Home Care Medical Adds Bechtel to Board

Hospital VP, chief nursing officer brings 25 year’s experience to Wis. provider's leadership.

Video: HMEs Comment on OMHA Meeting

VGM members share their thoughts on Appellant Forum proceedings, two-year ALJ delay.



Industry to OMHA: Audit Process Is Broken

AAHomecare’s Ryan tells OMHA’s Griswold that ALJ delay has put providers in ‘crisis mode’ and a fix is needed fast.

HOMES Announces Loss of Schleipfer

Association VP and ‘stalwart advocate’ for patients, industry unexpectedly passes away.

BOC Adds Marketing Manager

Green to develop and implement accrediting organization’s marketing strategy, improve communications.

CMS Briefs Ways & Means on Bidding

Despite short notice state leaders call on allied lawmakers to ask top CMS officials hard questions.

Observation Deck

Flirting with Disaster

OMHA’s decision to delay assigning ALJs to audit appeals for up to more than 24 months does far more damage than holding recouped reimbursement in limbo. Even a cursory investigation of the latest developments make it patently clear that these delays may put more Medicare providers out of business than any other issue facing healthcare companies today.

Wis. Provider Launches B2B Supply Operation

HME Home Medical unveils GO HME, a distributor of incontinence products.

U.S. PAP Device Shipments to Skyrocket

Auto-PAP shipments for treatment of sleep apnea to grow 70 percent by 2017.

Another Representative Backs MPP

Rep. Gabbard pushes H.R. 1717 co-sponsor tally to 169 lawmakers.

Philips NA Gets New CEO

Brent Shafer appointed to take the helm of Philips North America.

Medicare PAP Use Outpacing Other DME

Number of beneficiaries using sleep devices up 13%, allowed charges up 23% from 2012 to 2013.

Keith Lilek

Industry Newsmaker

The Fine Art of Collecting Co-Pays

A/R Allegiance’s Keith Lilek has spent nearly his entire professional life engaged in collections for the healthcare market. He's learned from the best and has applied key practices to the HME industry. Lilek shares some of his insights in the run-up to a special Feb. 12 webinar on collecting patient co-pays.

Editor's Note

Justice Is a Relative Term

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