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HSAT trumps PSG, survey finds

April 13, 2021HME News Staff

CAESAREA, Israel – Ninety-three percent of health care professionals currently use home sleep apnea testing in their practices, according to the results of a recent survey designed by Itamar Medical.  Furthermore, HSAT represents more than 50% of the daily test volume in 66% of the practices surveyed.  “While sleep apnea affects an estimated 54 million to 64 million people in the U.S., roughly 80% of sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated, largely due to the lack of...

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CMS begins recoupments

April 12, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has informed all Medicare providers who requested and received COVID-19 accelerated and advance payments during the public health emergency that it will begin recovering those payments as early as March 30.  The exact timing depends on the one-year anniversary of when a provider received their first payment.  “Please be sure your billing staff are aware that the recovery has begun, or will begin soon, but no sooner than one year from the date CMS issued...

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In brief: Telemedicine and sleep, Medtrade West registration, Heartland lineup

April 8, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – Sleep medicine has proven to be a specialty that can offer complete and quality care remotely, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a recently published position paper. While the technology to remotely connect doctor and patient has been in place for years, its use was limited until the pandemic, when CMS lifted restrictions on telehealth reimbursement and private companies followed suit. “Delivering care during the pandemic has proven to providers and insurers...

Medtrade, NCPA, NHIA, Numotion, Pride Mobility Products, VGM Heartland


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VGM announces Heartland lineup 

April 8, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has announced the schedule for its annual Heartland Conference, which will take place in person this year on Sept. 13-15.    The two-day event, which will also feature a virtual component, will span about 70 education sessions on topics ranging from respiratory to accessibility to rehab to leadership to operations to sales and marketing to billing...

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Show organizers gear up for Medtrade West, Medtrade East

April 6, 2021HME News Staff

PHOENIX – Registration is officially open for Medtrade West, scheduled for July 12-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  SmartSaver rates, good through April 17, mean $25 for an Expo Pass and $99 for a Conference pass (which also includes access to the Expo).  “It’s been a long road to get to this moment when we can confidently offer registration for an in-person show,” said York Schwab, associate show director, Medtrade West and Medtrade East,...

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Council takes in win 

April 2, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s Regulatory Council always has a list of challenges it’s working on, but it was nice during its most recent meeting to have something to celebrate: the removal of the budget neutrality requirement for home oxygen therapy.  The change, long-fought for by the industry, will result in a 10% increase in reimbursement, on average, for competitive bidding areas; a 5.1% increase for non-rural areas; and a 4.9% increase for rural...

aahomecare, Home Medical Equipment, Missy Cross, Regulatory Council


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In brief: CMS guidance, Convatec acquisition, Drive CEO

April 2, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period, in anticipation of possible congressional action to extend the moratorium on the 2% sequestration cuts.  “This will minimize the volume of claims the MACs must reprocess if Congress extends the suspension,” CMS wrote in a March 30 bulletin. “The MACs will automatically reprocess any claims paid with the...

Braze Mobility, complex rehab, ConvaTec, Cure Medical, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Home Medical Equipment, Invacare, Merits, Oventus Medical


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CMS provides guidance on 2% cut 

March 31, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period, in anticipation of possible congressional action to extend the moratorium on the 2% sequestration cuts.  “This will minimize the volume of claims the MACs must reprocess if Congress extends the suspension,” CMS wrote in a March 30 bulletin. “The MACs will automatically reprocess any claims paid with the...

Medicare sequestration cuts, sequestration cuts


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OIG: States not reporting accurate managed care data 

March 31, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Most states did not provide complete or accurate payment data on managed care payments to the CMS Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS), which provides oversight of the Medicaid program, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General.  The data include the amounts paid, billed and allowed for every service provided to Medicaid enrollees, including those services provided through managed care, the primary delivery system for...

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Sequestration cuts: Moratorium set to continue

March 30, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Senate on March 25 overwhelmingly passed a compromise bill that would extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts through Dec. 31, 2021, according to industry stakeholders.   “This legislation now will head back to the House for passage prior to being sent to President Biden’s desk,” VGM wrote in a bulletin.   The vote follows the House of Representatives passing H.R. 1868, a bill to extend the moratorium through Dec....

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