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Bill seeks improvements to vent category


WASHINGTON – A bill that would create medical necessity standards and boost payments for ventilators was introduced in the Senate July 14.

Vent bill drops in Senate


WASHINGTON – A bill that seeks to preserve access to ventilators for Medicare beneficiaries was introduced in the Senate today.

ResMed connects vents to the cloud

‘It’s about time,’ says one HME provider

SAN DIEGO – With Medicare stepping up scrutiny for vents, ResMed believes it has a way to keep them a viable business for HME providers.

MACs remove ‘imminent death’ requirement for vents


WASHINGTON – Recent guidance from the DME MACs on coverage criteria for ventilators is a move in the right direction, say industry stakeholders.

Stakeholders draft legislation to fight vent changes


WASHINGTON – CMS needs to dial back the wholesale changes it has made to ventilators with little input from the industry, stakeholders say.

CMS steamrolls ahead with vent overhaul


BALTIMORE – Despite widespread opposition, CMS will replace five codes for ventilators with two, and reduce reimbursement significantly, says AAHomecare.

Home care, vents advance in tandem


With all the hullabaloo these days surrounding ventilators, it’s a good time to look at how far the technology has come in the past 25 years, says Dr. Roy Maynard, medical director for Roseville, Minn.-based Pediatric Home Service. 

Stakeholders ‘push back’ on vent changes


BALTIMORE – CMS’s plan to overhaul vent codes has industry stakeholders saying, “Slow down.”

Philips Respironics to develop vent for gov’t


MURRYSVILLE, Pa. – Philips Respironics has snagged a three-year, $13.8 million contract to develop a next-generation portable ventilator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).