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July 1 Cuts: Nantucket Island Gets Even More Remote

Cape Medical Supply says it can’t accept new patients on the island due to bid expansion.

CMS Details July 1 Rate Cuts

Full price reductions show an average reduction of more than 50% off the 2015 fee schedule for impacted categories.

VGM’s Retail Roadshow Will Wrap at Medtrade

One-day, interactive educational series still has stops in Louisville and Dallas before wrapping up at annual industry event.

Emerge Sales, PlayMaker CRM to Provide HME Sales Support

Companies will partner up to blend sales training program with tools for managing HME sales process.

House Sit-in Stymies PADME Vote

While Senate voted to approve delay to July 1 bid expansion cuts, the House firearms sit-in unexpectedly stalled action on House companion legislation to protect rural providers.

Senate Passes PADME

Lawmakers vote to approve legislation that will protect rural HME providers and their patients from bid expansion cuts.

3B Medical, Somnoware Launch Software Integration Project

When complete, the effort will let Somnoware pull data from 3B Medical's iCodeConnect cloud-based patient management platform.

Universal Software Solutions, Vantiv Upgrade Their Partnership

Companies working to integrated EMV payment processing, as well as PCI 3.0 compliance to give providers faster, secure payment processin.



Brightree Gets New CEO

Longtime CEO Dave Cormack transitions to an advisory role, while Matt Mellott takes top spot at HME software company; Bobby Ghoshal will serve as Brightree’s new chief operating officer.

Afflovest Receives Various Approvals

International Biophysics’ HFCWO device receives CE Mark, Canadian approval and Australian TGA approval.

GAO Study Foreshadows July 1 Cuts’ Impact on CRT

New report shows that the vast majority of wheelchair accessory spending goes to needed supplies for complex rehab patients; industry working to protect funding for those items from bid expansion.

Global Market for Enteral Nutrition Devices to Pass $1.5 Billion by 2022

New study says a global aging population and rising incidence of cancer, stroke and premature birth will drive increased market demand.

H.R. 5210 Skirting 100 Backers

The House PADME legislation now claims 97 co-sponsors; industry’s 30-day lobbying push continues.

CMS: Bidding Not Hurting Access to HME

Agency says data shows no outcomes changes due to bid expansion; AAHomecare’s Ryan calls report ‘mistaken extrapolation of data,’ urges providers to continue PADME push.

Legislative Conference Generated 225 Congressional Meetings

Providers, advocates attending last week’s Washington Legislative Conference urged lawmakers to support rural bid reform.

Video: Wheel:Life, Sports 'N Spokes Announce Photo Contest

Sixth annual Get Out, Enjoy Life Accessible Travel Event + Photo Contest offers prizes for best photo submissions showing active mobility users.

AAHomecare Calls for Final, 30-Day Advocacy Push

As July 1 cuts loom large, industry association urges providers to help lobby on behalf of S.2736 and H.R. 5210; three recent developments could bolster those efforts.

Report: Many Round Two Contract Suppliers Weren’t Licensed

New HHS OIG study affirms that multiple Round Two contract holders didn't have required state-level licenses, which could help industry's push to delay July 1 cuts.

High Stakes for HME on Capitol Hill

Optimism and realism color rural provider advocates’ opinions during last week’s Washington Legislative Conference visits.

ResMed Astral Ventilators Join AirView Network

Cloud connectivity lets physicians and HME providers remotely monitor home life support patients.

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