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Archive: May 2016


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Drive DeVilbiss adds fourth distribution center

May 31, 2016HME News Staff

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will open a 232,000-square-foot distribution center in Indianapolis on June 1 to meet growing demand for its products. “We will continue to optimize our supply chain to provide better value and improved service levels to our customers,” said Harvey Diamond, CEO of Drive DeVilbiss, in a press release. Similar to existing centers in South Brunswick, N.J., Atlanta and Rialto, Calif., the center features the latest in automation to ensure...

distribution, Drive DeVilbiss


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Short takes: Quantum Rehab, Inogen

May 31, 2016HME News Staff

Exeter, Pa.-based Quantum Rehab has continued its partnership with the ALS Association. As a premier-level national partner, the company supports ALS Association events, including the Walk to Defeat ALS. Chapters of the association have the opportunity to collaborate with Quantum's national network for the Walk and other eventsÖGoleta, Calif.-based Inogen has gone to market with the Inogen One G4 portable oxygen concentrator. The G4 is the company's smallest and lightest POC at 2.8 pounds.

Complex Rehab, Inogen, Portable Oxygen Concentrator, Quantum Rehab


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Guest Blog

Proposed changes for surety bonds: Counter abuses to the program, or place too heavy burdens on providers?

May 31, 2016HME News Staff

On March 1, 2016, CMS published a proposed rule that seeks to address a growing number of abuses of the federal healthcare program by certain Medicare providers. The rule* titled “Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process” includes a number of provisions that directly concern providers and suppliers of Medicare. These include an increase in requirements for disclosure of affiliations by providers, greater...

fraud and abuse, requirements, surety bond


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CQRC: Slow down bid program

May 31, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory Care says the findings of a recent Office of Inspector General report further demonstrate the need to slow down the national rollout of Medicare's competitive bidding program.“Federal policymakers should carefully evaluate the risk for implementing cuts too fast and take measures to ensure access to quality patient care is prioritized and protected,” said Dan Starck, chairman of the CQRC, a coalition of home respiratory therapy providers...

competitive bidding, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, licensure requirements


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Industry appeals for 'common sense'

May 27, 2016Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - With precious few Congressional days left to stave off an upcoming second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts, the sense of urgency at the AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference on Wednesday was palpable.John Letizia, the chairman of the board of the association, set the tone for the event in his opening remarks when he said of the event's more than 200 scheduled Hill visits, “Good luck and let's give them hell.”Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the association, followed...

AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference, R-N.C., Rep. Renee Ellmers, Tom Ryan


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ALJ wait time increases

May 27, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The wait time for an Administrative Law Judge hearing keeps growing—a symptom of ongoing problems with the audit process, say industry attorneys.“I don't think the problem lies in appeals,” said Ross Burris, an attorney in the Atlanta office of Polsinelli. “The problem lies lower down, either with audits that are too broad, or MACs that are just rubberstamping what the audit contractors are doing.”In the first quarter of 2016, the wait was 796 days. By the...

Administrative Law Judge, ALJ backlog, OMHA, QIC demo


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Specialty Providers

Insulin pump decision could have chilling effect

May 27, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - UnitedHealthcare's recent decision to only cover insulin pumps provided by Medtronic is bad news all around, say industry stakeholders.In May, the insurance giant announced it had inked an agreement with the medical device maker to serve as exclusive provider of insulin pumps to its members.“To take away beneficiary choice over economics is not a good thing,” said Dan Gooch, owner of Pal-Med in Columbia, S.C., which offers pumps from Medtronic, Animas and Tandem. “I...

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In brief: AAH, VGM coordinate advocacy efforts, KCI fights back

May 27, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare and The VGM Group will merge their respective consumer advocacy groups into one industry wide platform.Per the merger, AAHomecare's Save My Medical Supplies and VGM's People for Quality Care will combine under the PFQC brand.“This coordinated, collaborative effort builds upon our past successes, while streamlining advocacy efforts to maximize impact,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare.The groups aim to use their collective influence and resources to...

aahomecare, KCI negative pressure wound therapy, people for quality care, Save My Medical Supplies, The VGM Group, WOPD requirement


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ResMed announces positive results from study

May 27, 2016HME News Staff

FLORENCE, Italy - A new study shows adaptive servo-ventilation therapy results in significant improvement in the primary endpoint for people with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction who have sleep disordered breathing, ResMed has announced. “These results are important because they are the first to show that addressing sleep-disordered breathing with ASV therapy may improve cardiovascular outcomes for people with preserved ejection fraction heart failure,” said Glenn Richards,...

CHF, ResMed, Sleep Coaches, study


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Universal Software Solutions has 'direct connection' with McKesson

May 27, 2016HME News Staff

DAVISON, Mich. - Universal Software Solutions has added a new product availability feature, streamlining ordering for HME providers. The VendorLink companion to its HDMS allows providers to quickly place orders with McKesson Medical-Surgical, decreasing handling and warehousing costs, and eliminating re-keying and data entry orders, the software vendor says in a press release. “This new integration is a direct connection into the McKesson information system and provides instant information...

integration, McKesson, ordering, Universal Software Solutions


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