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Invacare announces another round of layoffs

Since 2014, company has reduced workforce by about 370 associates
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05/26/2017

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare is reducing its workforce by another 50 associates in North America, the company announced in a May 24 press release.

Small Business Committee goes to bat for HME

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05/24/2017

WASHINGTON – The House Small Business Committee is asking Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price for relief for HME providers.

CareCentrix, Performant specialize fraud efforts

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05/23/2017

HARTFORD, Conn. – CareCentrix has teamed up with Performant Financial Corporation, the new national RAC for DME, home health and hospice, to deploy specialized analytics and algorithms to better identify and decrease waste and fraud, it announced May 23.

Prior auth legislation could nudge CMS forward

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05/19/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare hopes a new bill will be the legislative push for CMS to speed up a prior authorization process for certain HME.

Appeals backlog wears on

‘Hopefully we’re still in business when our cases get to a judge,’ says provider Donna Barraclough
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05/19/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – A whopping 92% of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they have claims stuck at the administrative law judge level and are waiting—and waiting—for hearing dates.

‘It’s not a desk job’: RTs say they love their career choice

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05/19/2017

YARMOUTH, Maine – Job prospects for respiratory therapists look rosy, with an expected growth rate of about 12% and increased recognition by the medical community of the role they play in keeping costs down.

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HME NewsPoll June 2017

At the end of FY 2015, 884,017 appeals were waiting to be adjudicated by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and 14,874 appeals were waiting to be reviewed by the Medicare Appeals Council. Under current resources (and without any additional appeals), it would take 11 years for OMHA and six years for the Council to process their respective backlogs.