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Wrong and right

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This is what it must be like to work in the HME industry.

In the same day (today), I received an email from a provider that exemplifies all that is wrong with the HME industry, and another that exemplifies all that is right.

First the wrong.

AAH, VGM coordinate advocacy efforts


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare and The VGM Group will merge their respective consumer advocacy groups into one industry wide platform.

Per the merger, AAHomecare’s Save My Medical Supplies and VGM’s People for Quality Care will combine under the PFQC brand.

AOPA pulls out all the stops

Ads, meeting, protest and petition all part of efforts

WASHINGTON – The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association is organizing stakeholders to fight proposed changes to coverage requirements to prostheses.

Stakeholders spotlight complex rehab with expo


WASHINGTON – NCART will host a “Congressional CRT Exposition” on Capitol Hill on July 20 to educate lawmakers and their staffs on complex rehab.

PFQC launches ‘Faces Behind the Red Tape’


WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care has launched a new online series called “Faces Behind the Red Tape” to document the impact of audits on Medicare beneficiaries.

Cuts threaten access to complex rehab in Illinois


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Complex rehab providers in Illinois are facing a double-whammy: an unannounced change to the payment methodology announced in April and an across-the-board payment cut of 16.75% announced in May.

Stakeholders launch #Tweet4CRT


WASHINGTON – NCART, U.S. Rehab and People for Quality Care have launched #Tweet4CRT to fight CMS’s plan to apply competitive bidding pricing to accessories for complex rehab wheelchairs.

MHA launches advocacy website


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Managed Health Care Associates, which owns The MED Group, has launched a website dedicated to legislative advocacy, it announced March 17.

Midwest Medical hosts Sen. Thune


WATERTOWN, S.D. – Midwest Medical, a member of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services, hosted a meeting with Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on Feb. 19 to discuss concerns over the impact of competitive bidding in rural areas.

Have questions? PFQC will get them answered


WATERLOO, Iowa – People for Quality Care (PFQC), an advocacy group and division of The VGM Group, has launched a Q&A series to address questions about home care and HME.