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Stakeholders put rule, cut in focus 

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Stakeholders put rule, cut in focus 

March 12, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – The recently passed $1.9 trillion stimulus package could mean good news and bad news for HME providers, stakeholders say.  The good news: Industry stakeholders are hopeful that now that the package is passed they can make some headway on an assortment of issues, including a yet-to-be-released DMEPOS final rule.  The bad news: Because of a federal requirement that any spending increases be offset by spending cuts the following...

aahomecare, coronavirus outbreak, Home Medical Equipment, VGM


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Providers push back against cuts by MCOs 

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Providers push back against cuts by MCOs 

March 12, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

COLUMBIA, S.C. – HME providers are fighting large managed care organizations that are increasingly pushing into more states and offering reduced reimbursement rates, say industry stakeholders.  The straw that’s breaking the camel’s back: The COVID-19 pandemic pushing the cost of doing business even higher, says Craig Douglas, vice president of payer and member relations for VGM.  “Acquisition...

aahomecare, Centene, Craig Douglas, Laura Williard, managed care, medicaid, VGM


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In brief: Delivery costs, CPAP compliance, CareCentrix model 

March 12, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The cost of delivering home medical equipment has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a new survey from VGM.   The survey of nearly 100 medical equipment providers in eight regions of the U.S. looked at vehicle cost per trip; PPE expense; labor expense per hour; and time of travel, equipment set-up and instruction, and equipment pickup.  In the Great Lakes region, for example, the average delivery cost has...

Belluscura, CareCentrix, Home Medical Equipment, NCPA, Numotion, VGM


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VGM adds partnerships with Ardo, LUCI 

March 11, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has partnered with Ardo medical to offer the company’s new products for expecting and breastfeeding mothers to VGM and Essentially Women members. “In addition to providing mothers with the necessary means to feed their babies, we are now offering VGM & EW members support products for breastfeeding mothers, such as ultra-pure Ardo Care Lanolin cream or the Vegan alternative Ardo Care Balm,” said Samuel Krähenbühl, CEO...

Ardo medical, LUCI, VGM


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VGM: Delivery costs increase 

March 10, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The cost of delivering home medical equipment has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of new survey from VGM.   The survey of nearly 100 medical equipment providers in eight regions of the U.S. looked at vehicle cost per trip; PPE expense; labor expense per hour; and time of travel, equipment set-up and instruction, and equipment pickup.  In the Great Lakes region, for example, the average delivery...

coronavirus outbreak, delivery costs, Home Medical Equipment, VGM


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Stakeholders push for rule’s release

March 1, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has partnered with AAHomecare and the VGM Group to send a one-page letter to CMS urging the agency to finalize the DMEPOS final rule as quickly as possible.  A proposed rule published in October outlined the agency’s plans to make permanent the 50-50 blended reimbursement rates in rural areas.  “In light of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that the Medicare...

aahomecare, blended rates, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, DMEPOS final rule, Medicare reimbursement, VGM


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In brief: Aeroflow’s acquisition, Roche’s settlement, Apria’s share price

February 12, 2021HME News Staff

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Aeroflow Healthcare has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Wheeling, West Va.-based Family Medical Supply.  Family Medical Supply, founded in 1991, services West Virginia and the greater Ohio Valley with a product portfolio that includes HME and incontinence supplies.  “The acquisition of Family Medical Supply is an exciting step in Aeroflow’s ongoing strategy to grow through acquisition,” said Casey Hite, CEO of Aeroflow....

Aeroflow Healthcare, apria, Ascensia Diabetes Care, Integrated HomeCare, Prochant, VGM


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VGM publishes resource on mega trends

February 8, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM & Associates has released its first playbook of the year, “VGM Playbook: Forecasting 2021.” The resource outlines issues, trends and opportunities facing the HME industry this year, including mega trends, data and security, remote workforce, compliance and risk, and health care at home. “VGM is here to be the source for industry updates, education and solutions to strengthen our members’ businesses for 2021 and beyond,” said Clint Geffert,...

forecasting, playbook, trends, VGM


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Motif, VGM partner

January 26, 2021HME News Staff

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Motif Medical and VGM & Associates have executed a program agreement to provide breast pumps, maternity compression and more to VGM members. “Being part of the VGM family allows us to help DME partners expand their product line and grow their businesses, while bringing our award-winning products to moms,” said Brandon Fonville, director of Motif Medical. VGM members will have access to Motif Medical’s full line of double-electric breast pumps, like the flagship...

breast pumps, maternity compression, Motif Medical, VGM, women's health care


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VGM launches Moxie 

January 14, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Group has merged three of its marketing and events businesses into one business called Moxie. Hellman, a marketing agency acquired by VGM in 2018, has joined VGM Marketing and VGM Events, bringing 30 professionals together. “We are very excited to introduce Moxie,” Christa Miehe, the company’s president. “This strategic alignment blends three very talented teams and allows us to expand our capabilities and offer current and new clients a broader...

events, marketing, Moxie, VGM


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