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Heartland Hops up Event Offerings

From kangaroos to cows, the 2022 edition of VGM’s annual member event is offering some new features, as well as its signature educational, networking and vendor meet-up opportunities.

HHS Extends COVID-19 PHE

The public health emergency, as well as the regulatory relaxations and reimbursement guidelines associated with it, will continue for another 90 days.

Illinois Passes Sales Tax Exemption for Breast Pumps

Gov. Pritzker poised to sign legislation that would remove sales tax for retail transactions of breast pumps and related supplies starting July 1.

Medtrade West Concludes its Final Edition

This week’s show in Phoenix enjoyed attendance growth, but now the event’s director York Schwab fixes his attention on the coming October Medtrade East event in Atlanta and Medtrade’s evolution into a single show for 2023.

Medtrade Moving to One Event in 2023

In response to attendee and exhibitor feedback, Medtrade West and Medtrade East will merge into a single HME industry conference and expo under the name Medtrade starting next year.

Devin Henderson to Keynote VGM Heartland

Magician, comedian and storyteller will discuss how adopting a “possibility mindset” can help HME providers become more resilient businesses.

Study Compares Various POCs

Georgia State University researchers compared the oxygen output of eight competitive devices, with CAIRE’s FreeStyle Comfort leading the results. More insights are available in a free HMEB webinar.

Clayback to Step Down from NCART Executive Director Role

After 13 years of reimbursement and policy work, the longtime CRT advocate will vacate the association’s leadership position in September.

PAMS Gears up for 2022 Annual Convention

The Pennsylvania provider association’s April 20-22 in Harrisburg features a variety of educational sessions and a golf tournament.

CMS Approves ARPA Relief for Ohio

The Ohio Department of Medicaid can now distribute Federal relief for Home and Community-Based Service providers, including DME suppliers.



Owens & Minor Finalizes Apria Acquisition

Apria will be combined with Owens & Minor’s Byram Healthcare to form the company’s new Patient Direct segment, which will be led by Apria’s Daniel Starck.

Medical Service Company Acquires Indiana Provider

The addition of Ascension St. Vincent’s Medical Equipment expands MSC’s location count in the Hoosier state and deepens its relationship with the Ascension healthcare system.

Providers Urged to Make ‘Direct Contact’ for H.R. 6641

AAHomecare calls on HME stakeholders to meet with lawmakers and staff in person, over the phone, or via video on behalf of Medicare reimbursement legislation.

HEMCO Release New Work Enclosures

Designed for a variety of applications, the work environments meet critical clean requirements for pharmacies and labs.

AASM Supports Sunshine Protection Act

American Academy of Sleep Medicine applauded the Senate for passing a bill that would establish a national, fixed, year-round time, but recommended defaulting Standard Time over Daylight Savings Time.

Principle Business Enterprise Marks Safety Milestone

Incontinence product maker maintains operations for more than 2 million consecutive hours and longer than three years worked without an OSHA Lost-Time Accident.

Medtrade East Call for Speakers Underway

Event encouraging prospective speakers to file right away for the Oct. 24-26 conference; educational advisory board has implemented a new registration format for speakers.

New York Providers Urged to Back Rate Floor Legislation

NEMEP calls on HME stakeholders to ask their Senate and Assembly members to sign on to A.5368 and S.5118 to require MCOs to reimburse DME claims at state rates.

Stress, Work Environment Hurting Sleep

ResMed’s global sleep survey shows that, across the world, stress is taking its toll on getting enough sleep, as is the post-Covid return to the workplace.

AAHomecare Meets with Lawmakers, Staffers on Reimbursement

Association builds support for H.R. 6641 and works with Senate contacts on approaches to preserve the current 75/25 blended rate for non-rural, non-CBA suppliers beyond the end of the Public Health Emergency.

Brightree Enhances Home Infusion Solution

Software company has added more than a dozen workflow enhancements to its Business Management Solution for Pharmacy designed for home infusion pharmacy organizations.

Abilities Expo Returns to Los Angeles

Previously paused due to Covid-19, the in-person mobility use event returned to the City of Angels with a packed exhibit hall.

$67 Million Fraud Operation Involved DME Claims

Ten Florida residents were indicted for various crimes involving fraudulent claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary durable medical equipment and genetic tests.

ATLAS TECHNOLOGY Group Unites Four Entities Serving CRT and HME

A diversified lineup of technology innovations and clinical evaluation services supporting both HME and complex rehab providers will debut at Medtrade West.

Survey: 84% of Patients Don’t Support ‘Patient Steering’

The majority of those surveyed also said insurers should not require patients to use pharmacies owned by the insurer.

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