Funding


Stimulus Package Signed Into Law

The House passed the stimulus package, which includes various HME provisions including the extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and Pres. Trump signed the legislation into law.

Senate Upvotes Stimulus Package — With HME Provisions

Bill includes an extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and temporarily eliminates the 2 percent Medicare sequester reduction, and eliminates some telehealth requirements.

Respiratory HMEs and COVID-19

President of national HME provider AdaptHealth joins the HME Business Podcast to discuss what kinds of changes his business is making to continue caring for oxygen patients during COVID-19, as well as the need for providers to convince Congress and CMS to protect patient access to oxygen equipment during COVID-19.

HME Stakeholders Back Letter to Commercial Payers Concerning COVID-19

At least 150 providers sign letter that outlines 18 policy recommendations to help HME suppliers better serve patients and ease burdens on hospitals during the COVD-19 pandemic.

David Kopf

Editor's Note

Coping With COVID-19

As the country stays at home and engages in social distancing, the HME industry starts shaping its response to a pandemic that threatens many vulnerable patient groups.

COVID-19 Response: AAHomecare Asks CMS to Change Key Policies

In order to help HME providers better serve patients during pandemic, industry association asks agency to change coverage and documentation requirements. At the top of the list: a requirement waiver for respiratory equipment and a one year competitive bidding delay.

VGM Pushes for Better Provider Access to PPEs

As state governments call on Trump Administration to release Federal supplies of PPEs and other medical resources, VGM calls on HME stakeholders to push for priority access in order to help contain COVID-19.

March 20 Webinar Focuses on HME During COVID-19

A joint webinar from AAHomecare, VGM and Team@Work will cover how providers can approach various aspects of their businesses during COVID-19.

HME Starts to Feel the Impact of COVID-19

As the world responds to the pandemic, HME organizations begin postponing events, AAHomecare seeks further guidance from CMS, and providers consider how to help protect vulnerable patients.

Medicare Contractors Exhibiting at Medtrade Spring

Attendees as Medtrade Spring will be able to meet with representatives of CBIC, CEDI, the DME MACs, NSC, PDAC and QIC on the expo floor, as well as take in a CBIC presentation on the Round 2021 timeline.



AAHomecare Unveils New Format for Medtrade Spring Update

To help providers understand its broad range of payer relations and advocacy services, AAHomecare is working with HME Business to implement a more interactive AAHomecare Update at the upcoming Medtrade Spring.

AAHomecare Underscores Budget Concerns

Association underscores three primary concerns regarding President’s 2021 proposed budget, and lists a total 15 aspects of the budget that impact or relate to HME.

Proposed 2021 Federal Budget Could Impact DME

Industry groups still reviewing budget administration’s budget, but suggested provisions include a reform and expansion of competitive bidding.

Allegiance Group, BASYS Enter Strategic Partnership

Allegiance Group will integrate BASYS Processing’s proprietary payment gateway, customer service, and debit and credit card processing solutions.

CareCentrix Modifies Co-Pay Collections Policy

After AAHomecare encouraged it to modify a stricter policy, CareCentrix shares rule revisions for payments made to PAP providers with outstanding balances.

Provider Strategy

The Outsourcing Option

A look into why HME providers might want to consider outsourcing their billing and how they can implement it.

Industry Bills Still Need Provider Support

Providers called on to contact lawmakers to support legislative initiatives to protect non-invasive ventilators and provide relief to non-rural, non-bid area providers.

ACMESA Pushes to Protect HME Access in Virginia

Advocates lobby for legislative amendments that would require state to ensure MCOs pay providers full published rates.

Providers Urged to Continue Advocacy Push

Providers called on to contact lawmakers to support legislative initiatives to protect non-invasive ventilators and provide relief to non-rural, non-bid area providers.

AAHomecare: Time to Turn up the Heat

Association underscores need for stakeholder support regarding legislative items such as protecting non-invasive ventilators and non-bid area relief.

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