Number of Providers Continues to Slip

Provider numbers see significant drop from 2013 to now, including provider of major HME categories such as wheelchairs and oxygen.

The number of HME providers continues to steadily decline, according to research performed by the American Association for Homecare.

Each quarter AAHomecare reviews the Medicare Supplier Directory to tabulate the number of HME providers currently providing services to beneficiaries. This includes providers of major categories, such as beds, NPWT, support surfaces, wheelchairs, and oxygen products.

“Our most recent review of the data found that the supplier numbers are steadily decreasing,” a statement from the association read. “… there are roughly 6,086 unique suppliers and 9,810 locations nationally. Compared to 2013, the number of suppliers has decreased by about 42 percent.”

More details from AAHomecare on state-by-state counts can be found here.

About the Author

David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.



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