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Rehab Stakeholders Join National CRT Awareness Week

The nationwide NCART effort ran Aug. 10 to 14 to spread understanding of what CRT does, who it helps and why it is important. The week culminates in an effort to protect accessories for manual CRT chairs.

CU Takes Annual User Conference Virtual

Citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the maker of HME management system TIMS has moved its annual Users Group Conference to a an online experience this September.

Numotion Opens Madison, Wis. Location

The national CRT provider expands its footprint in the badger state with a facility that will be home to two assistive technology professionals (ATPs).

House Sign-on Letter Aims to Protect Manual CRT Users

Providers called on to urge their Representatives to sign Congressional letter urging CMS to remove accessories for manual CRT chairs from the competitive bidding program.

AAHomecare Rounds up Industry Issues in Play

While COVID-19 is at the fore of the industry’s mind, the next four months offer the industry to notch some policy wins on non-bid area rates, taxes on Cares relief, and CRT accessories

3B Medical Launches Prong-Free Cannula

New product designed to increase patient comfort and will work with continuous flow stationary concentrators as well as 3B’s Aer X POC.

HHS Pushes Deadline for Medicaid/CHIP Relief to Aug. 28

Agency extends application deadline for Medicaid providers and plans to reopen portal to certain Medicare providers from Aug. 10 until Aug. 28.

Prochant Expands Into Infusion Pharmacy 

The company pairs a new service line with the hire of a new VP of Business Development and Pharmacy Reimbursement Manager.

Report: COVID-19 Will Push Long-Term Telehealth Use in Medicare

Research effort shows telehealth use has skyrocketed more than 12,000% from before the public health emergency to the end of April, and Medicare Advantage is seeing a lot of that growth.

HHS’s COVID-19 PHE Extension Brings Continued Relief

The 90-day extension means continued CARES Act relief, relaxed regulations from CMS and state Medicaid programs, as well as from other payers.



NEMEP Unveils New Board of Directors & Virtual Meeting Agenda

The new event takes place Sept. 28-Oct.2 and will be provided free of charge for members and non-members. The new board includes varied members from across the region.

PAMS Secures COVID-19 Hazard Pay Eligibility for HMEs

After outreach from the association, the state includes HME providers in a special frontline health worker grant program that increases workers’ hourly wages for 10 weeks.

Nearly 100 Lawmakers Sign Round 2021 Letter

Last-minute push for a letter calling on HHS and CMS to delay Round 2021 of competitive bidding due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic garners signatures from 98 Representatives.

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WellSky Gets New Investment from TPG and LGP

HME software company has added Leonard Green & Partners as a new capital partner and has gained new investment from TPG Capital, which first invested in WellSky in 2016.

Medicare Advantage Use Continued to Rise in 2019

Between Q4 2018 and Q4 2019, Medicare Advantage use grew by 4%, according to data released by HME sales platform PlayMaker Health. The update also covers Home Health and Hospice.

Eppic Medical Acquires Mobül: The Mobility Store

Purchase of Long Beach-area retail provider of mobility devices, bath safety and lift chairs expands Eppic’s reach to Southern California HME users.

CMS: Audits Won’t Fully Resume on Aug. 3

After AAHomecare shared industry concerns over audit resumption, CMS provided a more nuanced and detailed description of how the audit programs will recommence.

House Sign-on Letter Calls for Bid Delay

HME providers have until July 29 to secure signatures on Congressional letter urging HHS and CMS to delay Round 2021 for at least a year.

ACMESA Not Holding August Summer Meeting

North Carolina recovery plan nixes state association’s Aug. 19-20 event. ACMESA is examining possible fall rescheduling as well as virtual options.

2020 HME Woman of the Year Open for Nominations

The fifth annual edition of VGM’s awards program recognizing women who have made significant contributions to the industry is taking nominations until Aug. 14.

3B Unveils Lumin Wand

The new addition to HME manufacturer’s Lumin disinfectant family of produces uses UVC output to sanitize surfaces.

AAHomecare: CMS Must Delay Round 2021

Association calls on providers to ensure their lawmakers understand that COVID-19 necessitates CMS delay implementing the next round.

CMS to Resume Medicare Audits, Prior Authorization on Aug. 3

Postponed since March 30, TRP, SMRC and RAC audits will restart next month, as will prior authorization for PMDs and support surfaces.

Invacare, Alber Launch SMOOV one

Portable, power assist solution for manual wheelchairs comes to the U.S. market after its launch in Europe last year.

Anthem Won’t Rescind or Delay HME Cuts

Despite efforts from AAHomecare, Anthem and subsidiary Amerigroup have doubled down on cuts to HME rates that go as high as 60 percent.

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