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Archive: July 2021


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NCART, Clinician Task Force publish guide for standing devices

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – NCART and the Clinician Task Force have jointly published "Evidence-Based Response to Insurance Denials of Standing Devices,” a guide to policy makers and health care insurance plans regarding the proper coverage and funding of standing devices for children and adults with disabilities. "Standing devices have a long history of prescription and use to provide important medical benefits and other positive outcomes,” said Don Clayback, executive director of NCART....

NCART, standing devices, The Clinician Task Force


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Physician sentenced in DME fraud

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A U.S. district judge has sentenced Dr. Richard Davidson of Delray Beach, Fla., to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Davidson was charged with establishing a conglomerate of DME companies that were placed in the names of straw owners. By concealing the true ownership of the companies, he and his conspirators gained control of multiple companies, allowing them to submit high volumes of illegal DME claims, while attempting to evade law...

Home Medical Equipment, medicare fraud


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AASM streamlines accreditation process

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is launching a new accreditation application type to simplify the accreditation process for multi-site health systems. Sleep medicine practices and facilities that are under the same ownership or legal entity and operate under the same policies and procedures can create an Accreditation Network to streamline and coordinate multiple accredited programs. “It can be complicated to manage multiple accreditations when health care entities...

Accreditation, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Apnea


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Specialty Providers

Diabetes consolidation continues: Advanced Diabetes acquires US MED

July 28, 2021HME News Staff

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Advanced Diabetes Supply has acquired US Medical Supply (US MED), a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital that provides continuous glucose monitors and medical supplies.  Founded in 1996, the Doral, Fla.-based US MED contracts with more than 500 insurance plans covering nearly 200 million lives. It was acquired by H.I.G in 2015.  “H.I.G. served as a value-added partner to our leadership team and supported the transformation of the business,” said...

Advanced Diabetes Supply, CGMs, Diabetes Testing Supplies, US Medical Supply


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Frans van Houten

Vendors

Philips says updates are ‘imminent’

July 27, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

AMSTERDAM – Philips could hear back from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August about its plans to replace the foam in certain CPAP devices and ventilators, based on a timeline provided during the company’s July 26 conference call to discuss financial results for the second quarter.  Philips filed 806 applications for corrections and removals with the FDA in June and CEO Frans van Houten said, based on prior experience, there’s typically an eight-week turnaround.  “I...

CPAP devices, FDA, foam, Philips Recall, ventilators


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Josh Anderson

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Sunrise taps Anderson for biz dev role

July 27, 2021HME News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. – Sunrise Medical has appointed Josh Anderson, a long-time industry veteran, as vice president of business development for North America. Anderson, who will report to Larry Jackson, president of Sunrise Medical North America, previously worked at Spinergy, where he helped create the first Spinergy wheels for wheelchairs; and TiLite, where he was responsible for launching and marketing the company’s entire manual portfolio. “Josh understands the journey to introduce...

Complex Rehab, Josh Anderson, Sunrise Medical


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van Halem Group adds thought-leader

July 27, 2021HME News Staff

ATLANTA – The van Halem Group has announced that Dr. Doran Edwards has joined its team as a medical advisor. Edwards recently retired after three years with Palmetto GBA, where he was the medical director for the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding contractor. He was also the medical director of the SADMERC, the predecessor to the PDAC from 2003-08. “Over the last few years, the van Halem Group has been working with manufacturers as they bring new products to market and need to navigate...

coding, Dr. Doran Edwards, van Halem Group


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CMS announces suppressed claims

July 27, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced that a systems-wide error resulted in suppressed crossover claims to certain supplemental payers from April 8 through early May, MiraVista reports. The issue affects Medicare claims finalized between April 8 and April 25 for electronic claims, and between April 8 and May 11 for paper claims. Medicare did not send crossover claims to the following payers, according to MiraVista: Anthem BCBS (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont); BCBS (Michigan and Maine);...

Medicare, MiraVista, suppressed claims


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Vendors

Philips sees sales fall for Sleep & Respiratory Care

July 26, 2021HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM – Philips reported a 16% decline in sales for its Connected Care business, which includes Sleep and Respiratory Care, for the second quarter of 2021 compared to the same period last year, in the wake of a massive recall of certain CPAP devices and ventilators.  Mid-single-digit growth in Hospital Patient Monitoring was more than offset by a double-digit decline in Sleep & Respiratory Care, the company says.  “We have mobilized the necessary resources across the...

Financial Results, Philips, Recall


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FDA classifies Philips recall as ‘serious’

July 26, 2021HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified the voluntary recall of certain Philips CPAP devices and ventilators as Class I.   The FDA defines Class I as “a situation in which there is reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”  The agency posted recalls for the various affected devices, along with their classification, to its database on July 13 and July...

CPAP, FDA classification, Philips, Recall, ventilator


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