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2020: The year of automation?


ATLANTA – HME providers will dig deeper into automating their businesses in 2020, predicts Brightree’s Rob Boeye.

Bid notices make for chaotic week for providers


WASHINGTON – The preliminary bid evaluation notices that went out last week caused confusion among providers, who say CMS is asking them for information they already submitted as part of the bid process.

‘You’ve got to build muscle if you are going into a fight,’ says George Kucka

Wise words from winner of AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. – Provider George Kucka launched his first HME company in 1985. By 1990 or so, it was obvious that if he wanted to depend on the entitlement program as a source of revenue he would have to stay on top of things.

Plan managers need to adapt requirements


TAMPA, Fla. – Craig Kraft has his own beef with the health plan managers that are increasingly overseeing Medicaid programs in states like Florida.

Hurry up and wait

Stakeholders prep regulatory, legislative strategies

WASHINGTON – When AAHomecare officials met with Seema Verma for the first time last week, they were pleased to find the new CMS administrator up to speed on key industry issues like com

Expect a mixed bag in 2017, respondents say


YARMOUTH, Maine – Respondents to a recent HME Newspoll are split over whether 2017 will be a better year for the HME industry, with 51% saying they expect market conditions to worsen and 49% saying they’ll improve.

Firm close to buying Drive, sources say


PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Buyout firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is in talks to buy Drive DeVilbiss for about $750 million, according to Reuters.

PHS employee retires on high note


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sandi Maguire, the former managing director of home care nursing for Pediatric Home Service, has been honored as Minnesota’s Home Care Person of the year. Maquire, who retired May 13, has been with PHS since its inception in 1990.

Program for joint conference announced


ARLINGTON, Va. – RESNA, NCART and NRRTS have announced the program for the first-ever Assistive Technology Collaborative Conference.

OMHA published updated manual


WASHINGTON - The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has made several changes to its Case Processing Manual, according to a notice posted in the Federal