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Urgency peaks for bid relief

In play: interim final rule, access survey, legislation

WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter that quickly collected 104 signatures last week buoyed spirits, but there’s still no clear indication of when the industry will see the release of an interim final rule related to the competitive bidding program.

Stakeholders wage protracted battle with other payers


YARMOUTH, Maine – A recent decision by the Washington, D.C., Medicaid program to raise reimbursement for competitive bid items was a win, but stakeholders say it’s a constant battle to keep payers from lowering payments in the first place.

Patient Data: Tap into this resource

Q. What does the law say about using patient data in your marketing efforts?

A. The HME community has faced many challenges over the past few years, from competitive bidding to bundled payment initiatives and audit programs. Providers are left assessing all available options to generate more business and find new revenue streams.

VGM group connects younger workforce


Millennials in the office are a hot topic these days, with older generations often bemoaning them for certain stereotypes.

Q&A: VGM’s Buhrmester & Fedor

‘There can be a lot of gray areas, so you need all the information you can get’

WATERLOO, Iowa – Just when HME providers think they have control over documentation and billing, Medicare throws them a curve ball.

Round 2019 remains a mystery

‘That it’s taking this long for them to make another announcement means there are changes being made’

WASHINGTON – HME providers shouldn’t be worried that they’re closing in on one year before the launch of Round 2019 of competitive bidding and they don’t have any details on how CMS plans to proceed, stakeholders say.

van Halem Group gets HIPAAwise


ATLANTA – The van Halem Group, a division of The VGM Group, has finalized an agreement with HIPAAwise to exclusively offer its online HIPAA Compliance Program application to healthcare providers in the post-acute care market.

VGM helps providers diversify


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has been assisting members for more than 25 years, but it acknowledges it doesn’t reach all members.

‘What shift?’ HME industry divided over role of young professionals


YARMOUTH, Maine – The VGM Group gave a nod to young professionals when it hosted a meet-up for the HME Young Professionals Group at the Heartland Conference in June, but it turns out the HME industry is still very much gray.

Risky business: Heartland attendees highlight education, networking


WATERLOO, Iowa – On the battlefield that is Medicare, HME providers can either retreat or fight back—either way there is risk, keynote Kevin Lacz told Heartland Conference attendees Tuesday morning.