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OIG will 'peel back onion' on CMS, stakeholders say

August 30, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - If an investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) goes the HME industry's way—and stakeholders believe it will—CMS will no longer be able to blow off concerns about competitive bidding.The OIG on Aug. 22 notified Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, that it will conduct a “limited scope review” in Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan and Ohio to address concerns that, as part of Round 2 of the program, CMS awarded contracts to providers that...

CMS, competitive bidding, OIG


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CMS throws safety net to oxygen patients

August 30, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

BALTIMORE - It appears CMS has finally realized that you can't get blood from a stone—or oxygen equipment and services from an HME provider that has gone out of business.CMS announced on Aug. 22 that, effective immediately, a new provider can replace oxygen equipment and restart a 36-month rental period when another provider exits the business. The agency will consider the original equipment lost.“CMS is hearing that oxygen patients are being abandoned,” said Kim Brummett, senior...

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Vendors

Manufacturers reassess terms

August 30, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - With three high-profile HME providers now moving through the bankruptcy process, should it come as a surprise that manufacturers are trying to protect themselves by tightening their payment terms?Providers who responded to a recent HME NewsPoll say the days of 90-day payment terms are long gone. Instead, they say they're lucky to get 60 days and, in some cases, they're getting 45 days or less.Manufacturers declined to provide specific payment terms to HME News—“We haven't...

Bankruptcy, Invacare, Landauer, Providers, ResMed, respironics, The Scooter Store


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Mobility

PMD demo hits one-year mark

August 30, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

YARMOUTH, Maine - With a year now under their belts, providers say there is a mixture of pros and cons to the power mobility device (PMD) demonstration project. “It's been a learning process for everybody—CMS, suppliers and doctors,” said Patrick Maxey, operations manager and ATP at Orange Park, Fla.-based Medco Incorporated.Providers in seven states—California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Florida—began submitting prior authorization...

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In brief: Court approves Rotech's plan, Shoprider launches rehab biz

August 30, 2013HME News Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. - A bankruptcy court in Delaware has approved Rotech Healthcare's reorganization plan, paving the way for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 in September, it announced Aug. 29. “We said at the outset this would be a swift passage through the reorganization plan, and it has been,” said Steven Alsene, president and CEO of Rotech, which filed for bankruptcy in April. “We have successfully completed an important milestone in the financial restructuring that positions...

Bankruptcy, Rotech, shoprider rehab


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Providers

Court approves Rotech's reorganization plan

August 30, 2013HME News Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. - A bankruptcy court in Delaware has approved Rotech Healthcare's reorganization plan, paving the way for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 in September, it announced Aug. 29.“We said at the outset this would be a swift passage through the reorganization plan, and it has been,” said Steven Alsene, president and CEO of Rotech, which filed for bankruptcy in April. “We have successfully completed an important milestone in the financial restructuring that positions...

Bankruptcy, Rotech


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On the Editor's Desk

Friday fun facts

August 30, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Since it's Friday, and since I'm pulling together some data for our 2013 State of the Industry Report, I thought I'd share a Top 10 list with you. Here are the Top 10 providers for 2012 by amount allowed by Medicare: 1.) Lincare ($746,211,087)2.) Accredo Health Group ($375,246,527)3.) Apria Healthcare ($361,719,649)4.) Liberty Medical Supply ($302,675,152)5.) Lincare Pharmacy Services ($209,024,041)6.) Walgreen Co. ($195,218,374)7.) KCI USA ($172,178,074)8.) DEGC Enterprise ($120,823,881)9.) Hanger...

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Also Noted

Sleep Nation makes 38th buy this year

August 30, 2013HME News Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sleep Nation, Inc., is taking advantage of a changing market by continuing to make acquisitions. The CPAP provider announced Aug. 29 that it has made its 38th purchase this year and the 43rd since its inception in May of 2012. “We have invested significant resources into our platform's systems and now are starting to reap benefits as we spread our fixed costs over more and more orders,” stated CEO Richardson Roberts in a press release. The Franklin, Tenn.-based company...

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Shield HealthCare contest opens Sept. 3

August 30, 2013HME News Staff

VALENCIA, Calif. - What makes health care rewarding? Tell Shield HealthCare for a chance to win a gift card and a one-year subscription to Today's Caregiver Magazine. Shield HealthCare announced its 13th annual caregiver story contest in an Aug. 28 press release. The contest, which the company holds to honor the work of family caregivers and healthcare professionals, runs from Sept. 3 through Nov. 30. Last year's winners included two mothers of children with special needs; and a daughter caring for...

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Study: Up-front spending on O&P saves money long term

August 29, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Providing patients with orthotic and prosthetic devices saves taxpayers money in the long term, according to the findings of a new study released Aug. 27.The study, conducted by health economist Dr. Allen Dobson and commissioned by the Amputee Coalition, found that Medicare spent the same or a comparable amount on patients who received devices as it did on those who needed the devices but did not receive them.“This is a clear win for patients and a win for taxpayers,” stated...

Amputee Coalition, Medicare spending, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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