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Study details increased Part A costs due to bid program

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07/31/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has added a study that shows the cost shift that is happening as a result of reduced access to DME for Medicare beneficiaries to its lobbying toolbox.

In brief: West Virginia lawmakers go to bat for HME; Patientco, TwelveStone receive investments

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07/27/2018

WASHINGTON – A group of senators and representatives from West Virginia has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma saying the agency’s May 9 interim final rule “does not go far enough” to ensure continued access to DME for the elderly and disabled in rural areas.

Medtrade, VGM shine spotlight on retail

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07/27/2018

ATLANTA — This year’s Medtrade will once again dedicate several educational sessions and show floor space to retail, including a new breakfast session led by VGM’s Rob Baumhover called “Rise & Retail,” on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Norco to host fundraiser

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07/26/2018

SPOKANE, Wash. – Norco will host a fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., on Aug. 6 at its location here. VGM will co-host.

In brief: POCs on the rise, therapeutic shoe bill introduced

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06/29/2018

BOSTON – HME providers will continue to increase adoption of portable oxygen concentrators, to the tune of about 30% over the next 12 months, according to a 2Q 2018 survey on oxygen and sleep trends from Needham & Co.

Billing: Don't fall for misconceptions

Q. As our company is executing more non-assigned claims, ABNs are being utilized more frequently. Are ABNs required for non-assigned claims?
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06/26/2018

A. The quick answer is maybe. Let’s start with some misconceptions in the industry about non-assigned claims. 

Heard at Heartland: Engage your employees, leverage growing demand

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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – Whether it’s medical supplies or a hot dog stand, if you want to build a world-class company, your employees need to provide exemplary service, said keynote speaker John DiJulius at the Heartland Conference last week.

DMERT Group set to launch complex rehab certification

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06/22/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The Durable Medical Equipment Repair and Training Group (DMERT Group) plans to launch a Level 2 certification for repair technicians for complex rehab technology in August.

Who’s the top woman in HME?

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06/19/2018

WATERLOO, Iowa – The nomination period for the 2018 HME Woman of the Year is open.

In brief: CMS to allow use of IFR rates, ActivStyle boosts biz

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06/15/2018

WASHINGTON – CMS has agreed that states can process claims using the higher fee schedule amounts for claims in rural areas from June 1-Dec. 16, 2018, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare.

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