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Dťjŗ vu: Concerns resurface in Round 2 re-compete

April 29, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders have begun the monumental task of analyzing the newest competitive bid contract suppliers.“We're trying to get a feel for who won the most contracts in what product categories,” said Kim Brummett, vice president of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare.“One of the things we are looking at, since the pricing was lower, are they mostly the big nationals or are we still dealing with mom and pops that won hundreds of contracts.”CMS named the contract...

aahomecare, contract suppliers, Invacare, Round 2 re-compete, state licensure


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Vendors

Invacare leans on subsidiaries

April 29, 2016Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare posted first quarter losses last week, but if you look at the company as a “long-term turnaround,” you'll see some short-term improvements, says top exec Matthew Monaghan.Invacare reported a net loss of $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2016 compared to a net loss of $7.3 million for the same quarter last year. It reported net sales of $257.6 million vs. $289 million.For North America HME, which has been hardest hit by a consent decree with the U.S. Food and...

FDA consent decree, Invacare, Matthew Monaghan


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Integration begins for ResMed

April 29, 2016Liz Beaulieu, Editor

SAN DIEGO - It's still early days for recent acquisitions to impact ResMed's financial results, but Inova Technologies helped to boost the company's revenues by 2% in the third quarter of fiscal year 2016.ResMed reported $453.9 million in revenues for the third quarter compared to $422.5 million for the same period in 2015, a 9% increase on a constant currency basis.“We had two months of Inova included in the quarter,” said Mick Farrell, president and CEO during a conference call on April...

Brightree, Mick Farrell, ResMed


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Providers

Providers see business opportunities in Cuba

April 29, 2016Tracy Orzel

YARMOUTH, Maine - As diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba slowly improve, HME providers in Florida are eager to gain a foothold on the isolated island.“Obviously, there's a big interest in doing business in Cuba, especially in Miami, because of the proximity,” said Angel Pardo, owner of DMR in Doral. “We could be the main hub for any business transactions in Cuba.”The demand for HME on the communist island is strong. Cubans live an average of 79 years, and by 2030,...

Angel Pardo, Cuba, Florida providers


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In brief: O&P stakeholders add bill to arsenal, AAH and VGM book keynotes

April 29, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has introduced a bill that would halt CMS's plans to make dramatic changes to coverage for prosthetic devices.H.R. 5045, the “Preserving Access to Modern Prosthetic Limbs Act of 2016,” would “impose a moratorium on the implementation of a proposed Medicare local coverage determination on lower limb prostheses,” according to a bulletin from the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association.The bill would restrict CMS from implementing...

2016 Washington Legislative Conference, aahomecare, HME Audit Key, prosthetics, R-N.C., Renee Ellmers, VGM Heartland Conference


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Comfort Medical buys resource for wheelchair users

April 29, 2016HME News Staff

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Comfort Medical, a subsidiary of Liberty Medical, has acquired Wheel:Life, a digital media publication and social community for wheelchair users. Wheel:Life, which has more than 26,000 followers on social media, served more than 100,000 website visitors in 2015. “We are excited to bring the resources and support of Wheel:Life to our customers, as well as provide the opportunity to Wheel:Life to continue expanding the community it serves,” stated Ryan Flannery,...

Comfort Medical, resource, Wheel:Life


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Feds host listening sessions on sleep apnea proposal

April 29, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration will hold three public listening sessions in May to gather information on the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among those working in highway and rail transportation, according to a notice in Thursday's Federal Register. The agencies also seek information on the potential costs and benefits from possible regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with transportation workers who...

safety, sleep apnea, transportation


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Short takes: Invacare, NCART

April 29, 2016HME News Staff

Invacareis an official supporter of the 2016 Invictus Games, which will be held May 8-12 in Orlando, Fla. The company has also donated sports wheelchairs and handbikes for competitors to use as part of the Games. Competitors will take part in 10 events, including archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling and wheelchair rugbyÖNCART is asking for help on behalf of complex rehab advocate Archer Hadley of Austin, Texas. Hadley, who was a presenter at last year's CRT conference, has been nominated...

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CMS awards 586 contracts in latest round of bidding

April 28, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS named the contract suppliers for the Round 2 re-compete of competitive bidding at 5:02 p.m. on Thursday.CMS says it has executed 586 contracts, 91% of those offered, for seven product categories. The contract providers have 2,200 locations to serve Medicare beneficiaries in competitive bidding areas.The agency also awarded nine contracts, 100% of those offered, for diabetes supplies as part of its national mail-order program.CMS says 92% of contract suppliers are already established...

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AAHomecare books Congressional champions for conference

April 28, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has lined up Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.,andRenee Ellmers, R-N.C., to speak at the 2016 Washington Legislative Conference, slated for May 25-26 at the Washington Court Hotel.Rep. Ellmers introduced a bill this week that would halt CMS's plans to make dramatic changes to coverage for prosthetic devices, while Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced a bill last year that would require prior authorizations for certain high-cost DME, including oxygen.In addition, a general...

aahomecare, Legislative Conference


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