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Bonafide Integrates with Allegiance Group

HME software company Bonafide Management Systems has fully integrated with the patient billing and collection service.

ResMed Acquires Propeller Health for $225M

Acquisition of cloud-connected healthcare company will give ResMed technology for remotely monitoring COPD and asthma patients’ medication use.

Medtrade Spring to Offer Lowest-Possible Registration

Starting Dec. 3, SmartSaver rates for Medtrade Spring 2019 will offer substantial conference and expo registration discounts.

CMS Extends Deadline for Ventilator Comments

CMS has postponed the deadline to Dec. 17 for public comments on including certain ventilator classes in future rounds of competitive bidding.

PFQC Workshop Explores Online Grassroots Advocacy

Various HME groups meet to explore best practices for online and social media campaigns to advance grassroots organizing.

Industry Mourns Loss of Mark Smith

Well-known mobility advocate, writer and speaker, Smith also handled publications for Pride Mobility and Quantum Rehab.

NCART: Still Time to Push H.R. 3730

Bill to protect accessories for manual CRT wheelchairs sees new activity on the Hill; advocates could achieve passage before Congress adjourns.

CMS Relaxes Rules for Patients Hit Calif. Wildfires

As HHS declares a public health emergency, CMS has issued blanket waivers to help beneficiaries get needed care and services.

CMS Might Add Ventilators, Braces to Bidding

Agency is currently soliciting public comments on the expansion; MedPAC had earlier identified comparatively high reimbursement for ventilators under Medicare.

Golden Reduces Lead Times on Lift Chairs

Manufacturer cuts lead times on builder or special order lift chairs by 15 days.



CMS’s Final Rule: What’s Next?

AAHomecare says that while the rule might be final ‘we’re just getting started.’ How do providers proceed?

VGM Launches botaniCo

The new division will serve cannabis and the industrial hemp businesses.

New E-Textile Radically Re-Approaches Compression

Shape-changing memory fibers will be integrated into thin garments that provide variable compression.

KD Smart Chair, UCSD Developing Autonomous Wheelchair

The smart chair company and engineering students from the University of California, San Diego are developing a wheelchair with next-gen drivability features.

VGM Surveys Midterms' Impact on HME

VGM Government Relations identifies which HME allies will return for in the 116th Congress, which ones won’t, and outlines how the industry can pick up new advocates.

ResMed Acquires MatrixCare

The acquisition will expand ResMed’s out-of-hospital SaaS Portfolio into long-term care settings.

Stratice Healthcare Integrates with Brightree

The integration will let HME providers receive and initiate fully electronic DME orders for completion and fulfillment.

Innovative Products Recognized at Medtrade

Provider’s Choice and Innovative HME Retail awards recognize a variety of notable HME offerings.

PlayMaker, Brightree Unveil Systems Integration

New collaboration integrates referral data from Brightree into PlayMaker, where providers can use performance analytics to make strategic decisions.

CMS Releases ESRD/DMEPOS Final Rule

Rule is a mixed bag, including some but not all of the additional reforms industry stakeholders had advocated for in public comments and Congressional letters.

Numotion Picks Up Medsource Mobility’s CRT Division

Acquisition of provider’s well-established CRT group expands Numotion’s reach in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho.

CMS Expands QIC Phone Demonstration Project

Starting Nov. 1, a demonstration project that lets providers work with QIC over the phone to reopen claims at ALJ will grow to incorporate Jurisdictions A and B.

Gillispie Receives Top HME Advocacy Honor

Named earlier in September, Best Home Medical’s Regina Gillespie is honored with the Van Miller Homecare Champion Award at this week’s Medtrade conference and expo.

ESRD/Competitive Bidding Rule Could Hit Mid November

Medtrade Washington Update: Rule currently at OMB; AAHomecare’s Ryan says bidding gap opens window of opportunity to drive more bid reforms.

VGM Now Accepting Proposals for Heartland Conference

Proposals from prospective speakers for the member service organization’s annual event are due Nov. 30.

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