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Archive: September 2014

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Provider makes award triple play

September 30, 2014HME News Staff

NEW BERLIN, Wis. - Home Care Medical has received the HME Provider of the Year award from the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services (WAMES). This is the third year in a row the provider has been honored with the award. Also receiving awards: Jim Spellman, director of operations and WAMES president, received the Industry Excellence award for his efforts on the WAMES Legislative Committee; and Donna Smith, director of respiratory care, received the Distinguished Service award for her...

Home Care Medical, WAMES

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ResMed, Brightree plan enhancements

September 30, 2014HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO - ResMed has expanded its relationship with Brightree, with both companies agreeing to enhance the integration of ResMed's U-Sleep compliance solution within the Brightree solution and add new features from ResMed's AirView patient management system. The first of these enhancements is salted to introduced in November. Brightree and ResMed began working together in 2013 to automate the onboarding of patients that use ResMed S9 PAP devices into U-Sleep.

Brightree, ResMed, U-Sleep

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$24 million Medicare fraud alleged

September 30, 2014HME News Staff

HOUSTON- Angel Mirabal, of Miami, was arrested Sept. 26 on charges of scheming to defraud Medicare. From April 2013 to July 2013, Mirabal allegedly conspired to bill Medicare $24 million in fraudulent claims for reimbursement through Quick Solutions Medical Supplies. According to the indictment said Mirabal and his co-conspirators used fraudulent shell companies to launder and disburse the proceeds from the health care fraud scheme.

Fraud, Medicare


Reporter's notebook: Crash course in charting and other calamities

September 26, 2014Liz Beaulieu, Editor

For years, HME providers have been trying to teach physicians what they need to include in their chart notes, often to no avail, says Sarah Hanna, president of ECS Billing & Consulting North.But the transition to ICD-10 may be the thing that finally gets through to them, she says.“How a physician gets paid corresponds to a diagnosis procedure code,” she said. “Well guess what, to prove medical necessity for an ICD-10 code, which is more specific, you have to chart in a way that...

Kelly Wolfe, Sarah Hanna, Sylvia Toscano

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#Pharmacists ready to tweet

September 26, 2014HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Pharmacists from around the world will take part in a tweet-a-thon Oct. 2. The second annual event will allow pharmacists to highlight the positive impact pharmacist have on patients, communities and the healthcare system, according to a release from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Last year m ore than 7,100 tweets with the hashtag #Pharmacist were sent. “From preventing potentially adverse reactions, to teaching newly diagnosed diabetic patients how...

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Pharmacist

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Medtrade Show Daily

Knowledge is your sword

September 26, 2014HME News Staff

ATLANTA - “Know the rules!” They seem pretty straightforward words to live by, but when it comes to DME that's often a lot easier said than done. At Medtrade, in a session entitled, “Medicare Rules and Regulations: Making Them Work for You,” Kelly Grahovac, a senior consultant with The van Halem Group, will provide insights into the rules providers need to know. “I want people to walk away feeling empowered and confident in what they're doing, which they will do if they...

Kelly Grahovac, Medtrade, The van Halem Group

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Specialty Providers

Finnegan begins again

September 26, 2014Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - After letting it simmer for two years, Finnegan Health Services has turned up the heat on its e-commerce division to try and gain a foothold in the booming market for home medical supplies.“Folks are getting older and they need those supplies,” said Terrie Davis, COO. “Everything is going toward online and we want to get into that.”Finnegan Health Services recently hired Chris Wilson as its chief marketingofficer to help draw more traffic to its e-commerce...

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Special Report

LifeHME spreads tentacles beyond traditional payers

September 26, 2014John Andrews

COLUMBIA, S.C. - In November 2013, provider Dewey Roof nobly set out to find “a new image that casts us as more than a provider of commodities.”Finding and securing new relationships has been one of the most formidable challenges for the still fledgling enterprise, called LifeHME. But after nearly a year of searching for partners, Roof says key pieces are falling into place.“One of the main questions we've asked over that time is, 'Who is the payer?'” he said. “For the...

Dewey Roof, lifehme

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Know what you're trying to accomplish

September 26, 2014Jeff Rowe

ATLANTA - Many HME providers want to diversify their product lines, but it's no secret that many aren't quite sure how best to go about doing it. At Medtrade, in a session entitled, “Adding a Product Line to Your Existing Business,” Anna McDevitt, president of Laboratory Marketing, explains why, because there's such a wide range of products in the market, providers need to focus their efforts.HME News: We hear a lot of talk about diversification. Is this something providers are thinking...

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Griffin sports

September 26, 2014Leah Hoenen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - To fulfill its mission of treating the families of its clients like family, Griffin Home Health Care has launched a new division, Griffin Sports, Health & Wellness. Now, when families come in to pick up Dad's new wheelchair, they can find a knee brace for an injured student and some fitness gear to help her recover.“It dawned on me that we were missing a huge chunk of your family, specifically folks that are very much interested in wellness,” said Richie Griffin,...

Griffin Home Health Care, Sports, wellness equipment

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