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Archive: 2022


Vendors

Masimo finds no difference in accuracy 

January 18, 2022HME News Staff

IRVINE, Calif. – Masimo has announced the findings of an abstract that reviewed retrospective pulse oximetry data and concluded there was no clinically significant bias based on ethnicity for black and white volunteer subjects monitored with the company’s SET pulse oximetry and RD SET sensors.  A prior paper and letter to the editor purported to find “racial bias” in pulse oximetry measurements based on comparison data obtained from black and white patients from multiple...

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Sunrise taps Jim Black to grow manual business

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Sunrise taps Jim Black to grow manual business

January 18, 2022HME News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. – Sunrise Medical has appointed Jim Black, a three-time Paralympic athlete, as the business development manager for North America for its RGK brand of sport and made-to-measure manual wheelchairs. Black has more than 30 years of experience in sales, product management and marketing in complex rehab technology. “Bringing innovative solutions to the market and to the people who use our products is part of Sunrise’s and Jim’s DNA,” said Larry Jackson, president...

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SMRC audits orthopedic footwear

January 18, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor for CMS, is conducting post-payment reviews for orthopedic footwear claims from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019. Orthopedic footwear is covered under the “leg, arm, back and neck braces, and artificial legs, arms and eyes” benefit. Coverage is provided when coverage, coding and documentation requirements are met. The reviews will include base and accessory codes. Noridian noted that this service...

Audits, Orthopedic footwear, SMRC


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ATF Medical promotes sales exec 

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ATF Medical promotes sales exec 

January 18, 2022HME News Staff

NEWNAN, Ga. – ATF Medical has promoted Rick Wyche to executive director of sales, marketing and business development. As a member of the company’s senior leadership team, Wyche sets business development strategy and oversees the marketing and account management teams. “Rick’s compassion and curiosity led to in-depth knowledge of the industry, particularly the sophisticated power chairs that so many injured workers rely on,” said Sid Glover, CEO. “Over the years,...

ATF Medical, Power wheelchairs


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Specialty Providers

Judge grants stay in case against DIR fees

January 17, 2022HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has granted a stay in a federal case that challenges the legality of pharmacy direct and indirect remuneration fees.  “We are pleased by the court’s decision to grant our request for a stay, or a pause in the litigation, until the recently proposed rule potentially addressing retroactive pharmacy DIR fees is finalized,” the National Community Pharmacists Association and the American Pharmacists...

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Supreme Court splits decision on mandate 

January 17, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard mandating vaccines and testing by large businesses, but it has upheld enforcement of CMS’s interim final rule mandating it for certain covered health care providers. CMS’s IFR doesn’t apply to HME providers, but if they have employees working on behalf of a covered provider, they must comply with the mandate. Previously, a lower court had narrowed the scope of an injunction...

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HHS extends PHE into April 

January 17, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the current public health emergency for another 90 days, effective Jan. 16. There are a number of HME-related provisions that are tied to the PHE, including Medicare’s 75/25 blended reimbursement rates for non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas, and waivers of certain telehealth restrictions and other waivers and policy changes. The PHE was initially declared on Jan. 27, 2020.  

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Invacare updates LiNX  

January 17, 2022HME News Staff

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare has added new features to its LiNX 3 electronics system. The system now features audible cues (it generates a beep sound to help users know what drive and seating profile they’re using); joystick shaping (ability to shape the field of the joystick engagement to match the hand movement of the end user); and grid navigation (ability to create a grid to set up quadrants in the joystick engagement field). “These new features represent yet another example of how...

electronics system, Invacare, LiNX, Power Wheelchair


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Providers

Apria joins Byram in OM’s patient direct platform

January 14, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

RICHMOND, Va., and INDIANAPOLIS – The combination of Byram Healthcare and Apria will create a platform for Owens & Minor to expand in the fast-growing home health care market, says Edward Pesicka, its president and CEO.  Byram’s portfolio is comprised of diabetes, ostomy, incontinence and wound care supplies, while Apria’s is comprised of home respiratory, sleep apnea, negative pressure wound therapy and traditional HME products.  “That creates an opportunity...

Apria Healthcare, Byram Healthcare, M&A, Owens & Minor


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Stakeholders ready to press gas on relief 

January 14, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders and their champions in Congress are close to finalizing legislative language to provide reimbursement relief.  AAHomecare’s Jay Witter had a meeting scheduled on Jan. 14 with the staff of Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R.-Okla., who will take the lead on the legislation.  “We’re meeting for final approval, changes or (to address) any questions, but we’re hoping to wrap the legislation up quickly and get it introduced in...

AAHomcare, blended reimbursement, Reimbursement relief, VGM


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