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Archive: February 2017


Providers

Hospice Cloud bulks up business with Genesis Healthcare

February 28, 2017HME News Staff

ATLANTA and RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - Genesis Healthcare Services and Hospice Cloud, two providers of HME to hospice organizations, have merged, company officials announced Feb. 23.The acquisition of Atlanta-based Genesis Healthcare helps Richland Hills, Texas-based Hospice Cloud, which owns and operates 60 service centers and has partnerships with more than 200 HME providers, maintain its position as a “market leader” providing HME for the hospice industry.“The addition of Genesis...

hospice, M&A, private equity


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Better to swim with the sharks

February 28, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

It's a chilly today, here in Las Vegas, but here's hoping things warm up with the official start of Medtrade Spring '17 this morning. I actually flew into Vegas on Saturday. I figured if I had to spend a whole day crammed onto a plane, anyway, I might as well take an extra today to enjoy some sun and relative warmth—two things that are often in limited supply in our neck of the woods. On Sunday morning, before all the vacationing families could descend on the Shark Reef Aquarium (it's just...

change, medtrade spring


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Senators in Minnesota seek to soften blow of upcoming Medicaid cut

February 28, 2017HME News Staff

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Two senators in the Minnesota state legislature have introduced a bill to address a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act that would limit the federal portion of Medicaid reimbursement for HME to competitive bidding-influenced Medicare reimbursement starting in 2018. The bill, introduced by Sens. Jim Abeler and Greg Clausen and still in draft form, reads: “Effective for services provided on or after January 1, 2018, the commissioner shall make supplemental payments to...

competitive bidding, Cures Act, Medicaid reimbursement


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Brightree helps providers get paid

February 28, 2017HME News Staff

ATLANTA - Brightree has released an app that gives HME providers a quick way to process patient payments through smartphones or tablets anywhere in real time. The Brightree Patient Collections GetPaidHME app, which runs on Apple and Android devices, allows users to scan a sales order directly from a delivery ticket. From there, the patient is added to the delivery queue, and sales order data, including recipient and payment information, is integrated into the app, eliminating the need for paper invoices....

app, Brightree, paperless, payments


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VirtuOx keeps track with VirtuTrack

February 28, 2017HME News Staff

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - VirtuOx, a home respiratory diagnostic provider, has released a device that allows HME providers to track their equipment in the patient's home. VirtuTrack attaches to equipment and automatically sends data daily to VirtuOx, allowing providers to monitor whether or not it is plugged in and turned on. “With VirtuTrack, you will be able to monitor patient compliance to any medical device, which can improve health outcomes, reduce hospital readmissions and eliminate the risk...

compliance, lost equipment, VirtuOx, VirtuTrack


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Medforce launches e-signature tool

February 28, 2017HME News Staff

SUFFERN, N.Y. - Medforce Technologies has launched an electronic signature tool built specifically for the healthcare industry. SignCenter allows providers to “dictate the signing experience,” Medforce says, by determining where and when a document can be signed. It allows signatures to be captured remotely or in-person, and to be executed using a keyboard, mouse or touch screen from any web-enabled device. “Most providers we talk to are still printing out forms for signature and...

e-signature, MedForce


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Smart Talk

Billing: Lock modifiers into your system

February 24, 2017Ted Jones

A. It is said that "big things come in small packages." This is true when it comes to modifiers. It's hard to imagine that two digits can stop you from getting reimbursed on your expensive custom rehab chair or re-rental of lifesaving equipment, but it happens.Let's talk about modifiers and how to use them. It's important to understand modifier basics.  For example, for equipment, the first set of modifiers gives specifics related to the condition of the equipment provided: NU identifies a new...

bflow Solutions, billing modifiers


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News

Industry to CMS: Build out phone demo

February 24, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are throwing their support behind expanding a demonstration project that allows providers to speak with reconsideration professionals by phone to try and resolve their appeals.AAHomecare on Feb. 22 submitted comments to CMS, recommending that the agency also consider applying the phone demo to the first level of appeals. Currently, it applies only to the second level of appeals.“Although the demonstration at the second level of appeals has been a positive...

Appeals backlog, C2C Innovative Solutions, QOIC demo, Qualified Independent Contractor


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Providers

CareCentrix requires repeat authorizations for oxygen

February 24, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

HARTFORD, Conn. - A recently announced change to CareCentrix's authorization process for oxygen patients covered under a Medicare Advantage plan has stakeholders scratching their heads.The change, issued earlier this month, states that an initial request for oxygen will be approved for only one month, with subsequent months requiring additional authorization.“I'm trying to get to see why they are doing what they are doing and talk them out of it," said Laura Williard, senior director of payer...

CareCentrix, prior authorization


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Specialty Providers

Infusion providers take Medicare patients 'case by case'

February 24, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - One of the leading providers of home infusion therapy has stopped taking new Medicare patients and others are likely to follow suit if a “payment gap” is not closed.“We are not able to take these patients that are directly impacted on our service and provide them the level of care that we deliver for the level of reimbursement that we make,” said Paul Mastrapa, CEO of Option Care, which is still caring for its active patients. “We are working with patients...

home infusion therapy, Option Care, Upstate HomeCare


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