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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.

Applications for Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Due July 20

The run-up to the deadline continues while AAHomecare notes that HHS is aware policies could potentially penalize Medicaid-focused suppliers who also served Medicare beneficiaries.



Philips Respironics Mask Selector Now Available

System uses 3D facial scanning technology to help patients size, fit and select the OSA mask in the lab, as well as a 2D system for selecting a mask from home.

Sunrise Medical Launch New Group Website

New site emphasizes that manual and powered mobility equipment maker is a global company in addition to its broad range of product solutions.

Fisher & Paykel Unveils Evora

Compact nasal mask aims to deliver nasal mask performance with minimalism of a nasal pillow mask.

Pharmacy Testing Certification Covers Covid-19 and More

The Compliance Team’s new Pharmacy Testing Certification program gives pharmacies with the education and tools necessary to achieve certification for COVID-19 and other CLIA Waived tests.

White Paper Demonstrates Value of Incontinence Providers

The document aims to educate regulators and payers on the importance of high-quality incontinence solutions supplied by knowledgeable providers in ensuring optimal care and cost management.

Healthcare Orgs Fight CARES Act Tax Penalty

AAHomecare has banded together with other healthcare industry organizations to fix a flaw in the CARES Act that could cost providers more than a fifth of their CARES Act funding.

NEMEP Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

Slated for Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, the event will include content from the association’s postponed April event, as well as new sessions that will run during the week.

AAHomecare Enjoys a Surge in Support

Association takes on new corporate members and sees many existing members raise their sponsorship levels to help drive its industry advocacy.

Heartland at Home Commences

The virtual version of VGM’s annual Heartland event began this week on Monday with a keynote on how COVID-19 will impact the industry going forward.

AAHomecare Presses for Equitable Medicaid Relief

Some providers were denied the recently announced Medicaid/CHIP relief despite declining payments from the first tranche of relief. Association working with administration, lawmakers for a fix.

GF Health Products Unveils Traveler L3 Plus XVI

The K0003 chair supports 300 lbs. evenly distributed, and adds seat heights of 16.3 in. and 17.9 in. to the standard 18 in. and 20 in. heights.

GF Health Products Acquires Gendron

Manufacturer of a wide range of HME products adds Gendron’s bariatric medical products to its expanding portfolio.

ABC Plus Pharmacy and Sleep Coaches Collaborate with Team@Work

Effort aims to boost patient service and coaching effectiveness in order to expand providers’ revenue generation, compliance, and market share growth opportunities.

AAHomecare Votes in New Board Members

Association elects Apria’s Guidetti as chairman, Spiro Health’s Gary Sheehan as new vice chairman and Pride’s Seth Johnson as new secretary, as well six new at-large board members.

Providers Called to Help Round 2021 Delay Effort

AAHomecare calls on HME providers and other industry stakeholders to contact their members of Congress and urge them to support delaying the implementation of Round 2021 of CMS’s competitive bidding program.

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