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Indiana Halts Oct. 1 HME Cuts

Hard-fought lobbying effort from Great Lakes Home Medical Services Association and other advocates eventually convinces state Medicaid program to stop implementing of proposed cuts until further review and analysis.

AAHomecare Submits Comments on ESRD/DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Association submits comments on a variety of provisions in the rule and urges providers to submit comments by the Sept. 27 deadline.a

House Letter Calls for H.R. 2771 Support

The letter urges lawmakers — and particularly H.R. 4229 backers — to co-sponsor legislation that would bring permanent rural relief and the elimination of the oxygen budget neutrality offset. AAHomecare calls on providers to use it as part of H.R. 2771 push.

VGM Unveils Finalists For 2019 HME Woman of The Year Award

The winner, chosen from four finalists, will be announced at Medtrade in Atlanta next month.

U.S. Home Oxygen Fires Claim a Life Every Four Days

New study shows that the incidence of home oxygen fire fatalities is underreported, and likely as high as between 100 and 150 fatalities a year.

Podcast: Helping Prevent Home Oxygen Fires

After releasing the study on U.S home oxygen fires, BPR Medical’s Richard Radford discusses how oxygen providers can help mitigate the risk of fire.

Comments on Proposed ESRD/DMEPOS Rule Due Sept. 27

The proposed rule contains HME-related provisions such as changes to its ‘gap-filling’ method, payment requirements, and change of ownership timeline.

H.R. 2771 Push Focuses on Past Supporters

AAHomecare calls on providers to focus H.R. 2771 lobbying efforts on the lawmakers who backed H.R. 4229 in the last Congress.

Bidding Calculators Updates Released

CBP Education Collaborative provides context on profit/loss feature; CMS notifies bidders that ratios used to calculate non-lead rates on items that have changed payment class .

NEMEP Meets with N.Y. Lawmakers

Delegates met with N.Y. State Senator Patrick Gallivan, staff for Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), and staff for Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) to discuss various issues.



Round 2021 Bid Window Closes Sept. 18

The end of bidding for Round 2021 is fast approaching; industry experts share insights on what providers need to be doing now.

N.C. Delays Transition to Managed Care Due to Budget Standoff

The state says it will move to managed care in one phase in February rather than beginning the process on Nov. 1.

VMI Aims to Broaden Product Offerings Through Mobility Networks Partnership

The exclusive distribution agreement with VMI marks UK-based Mobility Networks’ entry into the North American market.

Podcast: Revenue Cycle Management for HME

RCM has come to HME, and two experts in the area of RCM and business analytics join the HME Business Podcast to take a deep dive into RCM and analytics and how providers can use these tools to boost profitability.

Universal VendorLink Now Connects with Essity

Connection means that HDMS users can use VendorLink to order Essity products as well as drop ship them to patients.

AAHomecare Campaign Profiles ‘HME Heroes’

Campaign aims to raise awareness of the industry's contributions by profiling providers that make a difference in their patients' lives and in their communities; first HME Hero is Gayle Devin of ActivStyle.

Most Diabetes Patients to Use CGMs by 2026

Analysts expect 41 million cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the United States by 2026, and most of those users will opt for CGMs.

Medtrade: Early Rates End Sept. 1

The special rates offer discounts on conference and expo passes, as well as other show content, for the Oct. 21-23 event.

WHILL Merges With Scootaround

Personal Electric Vehicle maker and personal transportation company look at establishing a global Mobility-as-a-Service business.

Podcast

Managing the Managed Care Opportunity

Legal expert Jeff Baird discusses managed care on latest HMEB podcast episode; podcast also examines how providers can better manage their equipment ‘fleets.’

VGM Retail, MercyOne Collaborate on Hospital Gift Shop

HME member service organization and health system develop a gift shop that benefits Waterloo Medical Center and Cedar Falls Medical Center.

GCE Names Quality Biomedical as National Service Provider

HME service equipment will provide warranty and out-of-warranty service and repair for Zen-O and Zen-O lite POCs.

Providers Testify at SBA Regulatory Fairness Hearing

Representatives of HME, CRT and women’s health businesses discuss small business impact of policies governing wheelchair accessories, custom breast prostheses, and Medicaid managed care.

DBidS Registration Ends Aug. 16

Other important Round 2021 dates looming include covered document review and bidding window closure.

QS/1, Therigy Team up to Help Specialty Pharmacies

Agreement will let specialty pharmacies using QS/1 tap into TherigySTM to simply patient care process.

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