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CMS announces gap period in bid program

May 25, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced there will be a temporary gap period in the DMEPOS competitive bidding program, when the current Round 2021 contracts for off-the-shelf back and knee braces expire on Dec. 31, 2023.  During the gap period, which starts on Jan. 1, 2024, suppliers may furnish items and services to patients under the following payment rules:  Adjusted fees in former competitive bidding areas (CBAs) are based on 100% of the single payment amount for the CBA increased...

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How to make money in HME. Part II

October 26, 2010Mike Moran

I received an interesting email yesterday  from an HME provider I've known and respected for several years. This provider, who asked that I not use his name, had a "few thoughts" on a blog I posted last week, "Just the facts, please." In that blog, I suggested that providers ought to diversify away from Medicare oxygen and more vigorously pursue retail sales. However, after reading and considering this email, I'm reminded once again that there's usually more than one way to skin a cat. Here's...

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Look for Internet dealers to sell more oxygen equipment, study says

October 7, 2010Mike Moran

I came across this study the other day by Kalorama  Information, which predicts big changes are in store for the home respiratory market. Here's the executive summary, which I think you'll find interesting. MM Internet Sales Challenge Respiratory Equipment Manufacturers, Says Report NEW YORK-  Over six billion dollars worth of respiratory equipment is sold through online dealers, often discounted, one of the many distribution challenges that manufacturers of respiratory  equipment...

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New reimbursement data just in from CMS. Oxygen took a big hit in 2009

August 18, 2010Mike Moran

We just requested a whole bunch of data from CMS, and it has begun to trickle in. The data below is DMEPOS spending for the product categories that make up all of "Medical Equipment and Supplies." The most interesting data here relates to oxygen spending, which dropped by $800 million in 2009 compared to 2008, from $2.8 billion to $2 billion. Looks like the oxygen cap and 9.5% cut, which took effect Jan. 1, 2009, played out the way CMS hoped they would. Without further ado, here's the data. The dollar...

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Ensure survival through change

March 16, 2010Don Clayback

It's old news now that complex rehab companies are under the gun. For example, while they received an exemption from national competitive bidding, they also got hit with a 9.5% Medicare reduction effective Jan. 1, 2009. Unfortunately, there is neither a silver bullet nor a great business secret that can be used to solve the challenges stemming from reimbursement reductions. Companies have been forced to look at a variety of changes to ensure survival. Here are some things companies have done or...

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Canadian oxygen providers feel your pain: "We're shocked by the lack of understanding"

December 8, 2009Mike Moran

I ran across this headline today on the Canadian NewsWire: "Ontario oxygen vendors shocked by lack of understanding of the Home Oxygen Program by the Auditor General's Office." Our northern neighbors labor under the same misperceptions as do U.S. home respiratory providers. Specifically, it seems that that Canadian government doesn't understand that a whole bunch of services go into providing patients oxygen therapy. Imagine that. Canadian providers want to make one thing clear: "Ontario's home oxygen...

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, or something like that

September 16, 2009Mike Moran

AAHomecare is in a difficult position. It is the industry's national association, yet it has a relatively small membership. As such, non-members are often prone to question the association's motives on a variety of issues. Black Sheep release ?????? ????? ? ????????? Black Swarm dvdrip Most recently, as we all know, the issue has been oxygen reform. Shotgun Stories hd How best to reform Medicare's oxygen benefit has divided the industry for months. In August, a compromise appeared to be achieved,...

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AAHomecare lays out vision for Medicare oxygen

September 14, 2009Mike Moran

The following letter from AAHomecare is of critical importance to all HMEs who provide Medicare oxygen. If you want to find out what oxygen reimbursement could look like in the future, read on. —Mike Moran Open Letter to the Home Oxygen Community Made for Each Other dvd From Tyler Wilson President, American Association for Homecare Sucker Free City rip September 14, 2009 The American Association for Homecare has worked for many months on the proposal to reform the Medicare home oxygen benefit. ...

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Hello, HME News? This is the GAO, and we have some questions about oxygen

September 8, 2009Mike Moran

This morning, little old me, the humble executive editor of HME News, spent 40 minutes on the phone with four Government Accountability Office officials, answering questions about Medicare oxygen. ????? ????? ?????? ?????? ?????? Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show divx I felt kind of important. I mean, I'm usually the one who calls government officials to ask questions. They never call me. Never. So this was a first. In case you don't know, the GAO is "the investigative arm of Congress"...

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Oxygen: '$3 billion for air, because that's all it really is'

August 28, 2009Mike Moran

[caption id="attachment_1482" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Bruce Vladeck"][/caption] That's what this guy had to say about the money Medicare spends on home oxygen therapy. Vladeck, the former administrator of the Medicare and Medicaid programs during the Clinton administration, made the comment during a segment on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal." Skeleton Crew movie download Truant Officer Donald film Judgment Night divx Vladeck also commented that every administration since the 1980s...

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