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ETAC Acquires Convaid

Swedish mobility firm purchases U.S. maker of lightweight wheelchairs.

CMS Releases Prior Authorization Rule

Final rule would establish a prior auth. for certain DME items CMS considers frequently subject to unnecessary utilization.

Portable Medical Equipment Market to Hit $65.7 Billion in 2020

U.S. market leads the trend, with growth projected to hit $25.4 billion by 2020, according to study.

Nichol Joins AAHomecare Membership Team

Veteran of various health industry associations will direct membership services for AAHomecare.

Editor's Note

Defining the New Normal

Bidding and audits aren't going away, but that doesn't mean 'game over.' Providers need to get creative in terms of how they fight and adapt.

The Best Offense for Appeals: A Good Defense

One of the best strategies against an audit and possible appeal is prevention. Here are some key steps.

Industry Forecast

HME Business 2016 Annual Industry Forecast

2016 Big Ten

Each year HME Business profiles 10 upcoming trends that will help define the industry over the next 12 months. To be certain, competitive bidding will be one of those factors. Others challenges include audits and protecting complex rehab. But 2016 also offers opportunities, as well, such as retail sales and revenue diversification.

CareTend

Product Spotlight

Bringing Things Under One Roof

HME software company Mediware's new CareTend platform aims to unify acquisitions' various capabilities.



Product Solutions

Orthopedics

Orthopedics, a long standing DME category, offer both retail revenue and funded reimbursement. The key is to have a solid product mix.

Observation Deck

Engaging Technology

Are you falling short in how you can leverage IT to revitalize your HME business?

Audit Appeal

Business Solutions

Winning the Audit Appeal Game

Medicare claims audits do not stop at claims being recouped. If anything the process just begins. As providers have realized early on in the process, many audits can and should be appealed. We talked to various experts to outline the appeals process and understand how providers can improve their chances through the various steps.

Problem Solvers

Spreading the Good Word

How to use patient education and smart marketing to improve respiratory business performance and patient outcomes.

Senate Passes CRT Wheelchair Accessories Delay

Bill includes a one-year delay for applying bid prices per nationwide bid expansion to power CRT accessories.

New CRT Protection Legislation Debuts in Senate

Providers urged to support 24-hour push to back new bill that would delay application of bid pricing to CRT accessories.

Medtrade Early Registration Ends Dec. 18

Providers have until midnight Friday to take advantage of expo and conference discounts.

AAHomecare’s Ryan: Down But Not Out

Industry association leader explains next steps in reining in bid expansion.

Audit Key Goes Live in 2016

Providers encouraged to register for program that will help accumulate data that industry will use to reform CMS’s audit program.

Bid Expansion Reform Not Part of Spending Bill

Legislative language that would have protected rural providers from bid expansion was not put into year-end omnibus spending bill; effort to back bid reform and CRT protection bills in House and Senate continues.

Study: Rural Medicare Beneficiaries Will Lose HME Access

Report examines prospects for rural patients in the wake of national bidding expansion.

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