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OIG details spike in vent billing

For E0464, Medicare paid 215,379 claims in 2015 vs. 2,258 claims in 2009, according to new report
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09/27/2016

WASHINGTON – Medicare paid 85 times more claims for noninvasive ventilators in 2015 than it did in 2009, says a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

Vents: Stakeholders disagree on way forward

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09/23/2016

WASHINGTON – Despite widespread agreement that the ventilator product category needs major improvements, the HME industry is divided on how that should be done.

In brief: Vent bill drops in House, hospitals slam bid program

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09/16/2016

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has followed the Senate and introduced a bill last week that would increase Medicare reimbursement for ventilators by 20% on Jan. 1, 2017.

Vent reform now has support in both House, Senate

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09/16/2016

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has followed the Senate and introduced a bill this week that would increase Medicare reimbursement for ventilators by 20% on Jan.

ResMed documents family’s travel with vents

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08/31/2016

SAN DIEGO – ResMed has produced a documentary film featuring a family that decides to continue to travel and enjoy the outdoors despite having two children living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Respironics connects vents to care management app

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07/22/2016

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. – Philips Respironics announced July 21 that its Trilogy family of portable ventilators will be activated to connect to its Care Orchestrator care management application later this year.

Don’t expect CMS to remain silent on vents, Stark says

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07/01/2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. – CMS is not done tinkering with coverage guidelines for vents, predicts consultant Andrea Stark.

PHM feels impact of vent cuts

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06/21/2016

LAFAYETTE, La. – Cuts to reimbursement for non-invasive ventilators contributed to a drop in revenues for Patient Home Monitoring—a “reset,” for the company, said executives.

ResMed connects vents

Up next: portable oxygen concentrators
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05/17/2016

SAN DIEGO – ResMed already offers CPAP devices with cloud connectivity and soon it will offer life support ventilators with the same capabilities.

DME MACs clarify vent requirements

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05/06/2016

WASHINGTON – In highly anticipated clarifications on coding and coverage requirements for ventilators, the DME MACs have acknowledged that coverage for the product category isn’t quite black and white.

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