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Medtrade Staff Sees Expanded Roles

Three team members working for annual HME industry conference and expo receive promotions.

Taking Stock: 2018 Medicaid Advocacy Effort Pays Off

AAHomecare says a year-long effort to work with state Medicaid programs helped stop or curtail CURES cuts in 29 states.

Manual CRT Protections Stall Out in Senate

Despite last-minute legislative wrangling, a Medicaid bill that included provisions to protect reimbursement for manual CRT chair accessories lapses with the close of the 115th Congress.

WellSky and Playmaker Partner Up

Partnership combines WellSky’s home health and hospice software with PlayMaker’s purpose-built HME platform.

Brightree Acquires Apacheta

An integration partner since 2015, Apacheta’s delivery management and field marketing tools will expand Brightree’s capabilities.

2019 Fee Schedule: More Oxygen Cuts

CMS’s decision to apply budget neutrality offsets to 2019 fee schedule sees reimbursement reductions for a variety of oxygen codes.

Video: Numotion Rolls Out New Customer App

The myNumotion app provides self-service tools and higher information transparency.

2019 Medicare Fee Schedule Adjusted for Inflation

Increases range between 2.3%-2.5%, marking highest inflation-related upticks since CMS first implemented competitive bidding.

Medtrade Spring's Lowest-Possible Rates End Soon

SmartSaver rates for Medtrade Spring 2019 offer substantial conference and expo registration discounts, but expire Dec. 22

Manual CRT Protections Move to Senate

House passes Medicaid bill containing provisions to protect funding for manual CRT accessories; Senate now working to consider bill under unanimous consent.



Report: O2 Care Hurting and Bidding Could Be the Cause

A report from the American Thoracic Society calls for further analysis into relation between competitive bidding and problems with oxygen patients’ care.

H.R. 3730 Provisions Added to Lame Duck Medicaid Bill

The effort to protect accessories for manual CRT chairs sees a nail-biting legislative effort at the end of the 115th Congress.

VGM Rebrands, Expands Woundcare Division

Revised program offers resources and education to help HME providers diversify into wound care, expand existing wound care services.

Harmar Mobility Acquires Pride Mobility’s Lifts and Ramps Division

The acquisition will let Pride focus on its scooter and chair lines while allowing Hamar to bolster its vehicle lifts.

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.

Bonafide Integrates with Allegiance Group

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

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 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 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’s Final Rule: What’s Next?

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

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