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In brief: Cost pressures, acquisitions, diversity

May 13, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The cost of delivering home medical equipment continues to rise, according to the results of a new survey from VGM & Associates.  The survey of nearly 100 HME providers in eight regions of the U.S. looked at the increase in cost of goods, employee wages and freight, as well as cost of delivery per mile, PPE and average wages.   “While I suspected the various costs and related factors in securing appropriate HME delivery services would increase –...

Ascensia, Encore Healthcare, Essentially Women, Home Medical Equipment, Kubat HealthCare, MAMES, Numotion, Reliable Medical, Scootaround


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MAMES elects board members

May 11, 2022HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa – MAMES held its annual board of directors election at its recent conference and exhibition. The association welcomed the following members at the conference:  Minnesota: Jesse Neumann, Corner Home Medical  Associate director (represents MAMES associate members on the board): Jay Kopriva, VGM & Associates  Board members re-elected to the board for another three-year term:  Kansas: Sam Cress, Cherub Medical Supply  Minnesota: Jacques Beasley,...

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Cherub Medical talks supply chain concerns

January 25, 2022HME News Staff

SHAWNEE, Kan. – Cherub Medical Supply hosted Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., on Jan. 24 to discuss the impact of supply chain challenges on its business and patients, according to a release from Davids and MAMES.  In addition to Sam Cress of Cherub Medical, Nick Hulsing of Reliable Medical Supplies and Rose Schafhauser of MAMES attended the meeting.  “As a small business caring for medically fragile children in Kansas City, we have faced many issues due to rising costs, semiconductor...

Cherub Medical, MAMES, supply chain challenges


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In brief: Philips recall, Senate honor, NPWT bill

July 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – VGM has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite its approval process for a replacement foam for respiratory devices affected by the Philips recall.  “We are requesting accelerated approval from the FDA for this critical replacement component for approved technicians to rapidly start the process of replacing/repairing all recalled units,” states VGM in a letter to the agency.  Philips on June 14 announced a voluntary recall of certain...

MAMES, NCPA, PAMES, Philips Recall, United Spinal Association, VGM


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Conferences: Medtrade West 2022, MAMES

July 22, 2021HME News Staff

The deadline to submit proposals to present at Medtrade West 2022 is July 30. Show organizers seek submissions on topics for business operations, managed care payers, legal, retail, executive leadership and planning, and sales and marketing by solo presenters, panel discussions and collaborative teams. Medtrade West is scheduled for April 4-6, 2022, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Submit your proposal here…Registration is now open for the MAMES fall conference. “MAMES 2021: Together...

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In brief: Sequestration cuts, Better Health’s debut, NSM’s latest buy 

March 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts from March 31, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021.  H.R. 1868, which passed 246-175, would also exempt the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan from the statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, eliminating an additional 4% Medicare cut that would amount to about $36 billion in 2022.  On March 15, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.,...

Avera Home Medical Equipment, Better Health, David Hartley, MAMES, United Spinal Association, Walt Gorski


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Minnesota: MAMES testifies on recoupments, Gov. rescinds vent cuts

March 24, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s Department of Human Services should not be able to recoup payments from DME providers for items provided prior to July 1, 2019, as part of the agency’s attempts to become compliant with the 21st Century Cures Act, says MAMES Executive Director Rose Schafhauser. She testified before the state’s Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee via Zoom on March 22 on SF 1128, a bill...

Home Medical Equipment, MAMES, rose schafhauser


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Minnesota: Budget includes DME cuts, but it lacks Senate support 

February 3, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s 2022-2023 budget recommendations include cuts to DME, according to a bulletin from MAMES. Specifically, the budget proposes changing the Medical Assistance reimbursement formula for durable medical equipment that is also covered by Medicare but is not currently subject to the upper payment limit to the equivalent of the Medicare rate. The state’s Department of Human Services estimates the...

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MAMES seeks feedback on prior auth delays 

January 27, 2021HME News Staff

MADISON, Wis. – MAMES requests examples from Michigan-based providers on situations were a prior authorization submitted for a traditionally non-covered item required more information, causing delays in patient access. As of Aug. 1, 2020, Wisconsin Medicaid removed the list of non-covered items from the DME service area of the Online Handbook in accordance with a federal statute. Since then, the MAMES Insurance Committee has been working on issues related to this change and...

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In brief: WellSky deal, Medtrade registration, Spiro CFO

October 16, 2020HME News Staff

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - WellSky is buying CarePort Health from Allscripts in a bid to improve patient care transitions across the continuum and drive better outcomes.  With the addition of CarePort, WellSky is positioned to manage the acute-care discharge process, track patients across post-acute care settings, apply patient and population level analytics, and support EMR-based care, the company says.  “Together with CarePort, WellSky will establish new, meaningful connections...

aahomecare, MAMES, VGM, WellSky


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