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CQRC can’t support oxygen changes wholesale

Providers

CQRC can’t support oxygen changes wholesale

August 31, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Dropping the CMN requirement for home oxygen without ensuring there are objective measures in place to support the need for therapy could expose providers to claim denials and put patient access at risk, says Crispin Teufel, chairman of the Council for Quality Respiratory Care.  “We appreciate the expansion of oxygen coverage, but at the same time, some things worry us, like the subjectivity to which providers are subjected to by contractors and judgment calls,” he...

Council for Quality Respiratory Care, Crispin Teufel, Home Oxygen Equipment, NCD changes


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Proposed oxygen changes: Overall, they're positive, providers say

July 30, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – Providers support proposed changes to the oxygen benefit that they say will ease paperwork burdens and expand access to therapy, but they’d like to see more details.  CMS in July issued a proposed national coverage determination for home oxygen therapy that, among other things, removes the CMN requirement and expands access for acute conditions.  “This would open it up for physicians being physicians and prescribing what they see as...

Home Oxygen Equipment, Oxygen NCD


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New rates fuel ‘engine’ of HME industry

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New rates fuel ‘engine’ of HME industry

April 8, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – An increase in oxygen reimbursement is a shot in the arm for the HME industry, say providers. CMS in March released an updated fee schedule for oxygen that will result in an increase in fee schedule amounts ranging from $6.72 to $8.19 in former competitive bidding areas; $5.17 to $5.43 in other non-rural areas; and $4.14 to $6.82 in non-contiguous and rural areas, according to the VGM Group. “This is a big thing for our industry, and it needs to be celebrated,”...

BritKare, Budget Neutrality, Home Oxygen Equipment, Josh Britten


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Also Noted

Inogen names new exec 

April 8, 2021HME News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. – Inogen has appointed George Parr as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, effective April 12, 2021. Parr has 25 years of experience across medical technology, consumer products and industrial markets, most recently as executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Becton Dickinson and Company. “I would like to congratulate George on this appointment as I believe that he will be a tremendous asset to Inogen and a...

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Providers deliver, despite already stressed infrastructure

February 26, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

HOUSTON – Already taxed by the COVID-19 pandemic and equipment shortages, HME providers went to great lengths to continue servicing patients during a devastating ice storm in Texas.  The storm, which brought snow, ice and single-digit temperatures to a state ill equipped for such conditions, knocked power plants offline for lengthy stretches. In some cases, providers were forced to tell vulnerable patients to...

Home Medical Equipment, Home Oxygen Equipment, Texas Ice Storm


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Dan Meyer

Smart Talk

Repairs: Adapt to circumstances

February 10, 2021Dan Meyer

Q. How has COVID-19 impacted my oxygen concentrator repair needs?   A. Providers are running out of concentrators and having a tough time getting more. In a recent HME Newspoll, 86% of respondents reported equipment shortages, saying they’re waiting up to 12 weeks for new units, turning away patients or even risking future surplus by overordering.  Not surprisingly, they’re also...

Dan Meyer, Home Oxygen Equipment, Repair Authority


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Notebook: FDA warns against self-prescribed oxygen

February 1, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – A consumer warning from the Food and Drug Administration urging against using oxygen concentrators without a prescription has resulted in some interesting calls for HME providers.  Portable Oxygen Solutions, an online provider of POCs and accessories, saw an uptick last March in people wanting to buy POCs for themselves or family members, says Todd Flesch, co-founder of the Charlotte, N.C.-based company.  “On calls, when we explained...

Coronovirus Outbreak, FDA Warnings, Home Oxygen Equipment, Oxygen Concentrator


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At capacity: Pandemic exacerbates problems created by bid program

January 29, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS’s competitive bidding program set the stage for a number of the difficulties that the HME industry is seeing as it tries to meet increased demand for oxygen therapy for COVID-19 patients, say the leaders of Apria Healthcare and Lincare and the Council of Quality Respiratory Care.  The agency may have dropped oxygen from Round 2021, its latest round of bidding, but 10 years since the program’s...

Apria Healthcare, Coronavirus Outbreak, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, CQRC, Crispin Teufel, Dan Starck, Home Oxygen Equipment, Lincare


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News

Providers maneuver bumpy referral streams

June 19, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - How much a provider's referral stream has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is very much tied to its business model, according to the results of the recent HME Newspoll.HME companies with an emphasis on retail and sleep therapy have been more likely to be negatively impacted by the pandemic, the poll found.“We have seen the complete collapse of our retail, walk-in traffic,” wrote one respondent. “The virus has drastically changed the manner in which we...

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AdaptHealth sees oxygen 'broadly up'

May 8, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - It's impossible to predict the full impact of the COVID-19 crisis on its business, but AdaptHealth remains confident about its strategy and its prospects, company executives said during an earnings call.“The past 60 days have been unlike anything I've experienced in my 15 years in the HME industry,” said President and COO Josh Parnes. “In six days in March, we transitioned more than 75% of employees to work from home. We've continued to meet the needs of...

AdaptHealth, Coronavirus Outbreak, Home Medical Equipment, Home Oxygen Equipment


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