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Stakeholders urge immediate outreach on 75/25

February 23, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are expected to work on the next government spending package throughout the weekend and AAHomecare is urging providers to reach out to healthcare staffers to make sure the industry’s 75/25 blended rate provisions are included. It is critically urgent that HME advocates send a personal email and make a phone call today to healthcare staffers in the House and Senate to make sure we're not left out of the package, says the association. AAHomecare is providing...

AAHomecare, home medical equipment


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Edward Pesicka

Providers

Owens & Minor bullish on ‘growth engine’

February 23, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

RICHMOND, Va. – Owens & Minor executives say they will use the company’s Patient Direct business to underpin a five-year strategic plan as the segment continues to outpace the market.  Owens & Minor in December unveiled its Vision 2028 plan, which identified critical components for long term success: accelerating growth in areas of the business with high potential, optimizing businesses to drive stronger long-term profitability, and leveraging its strong balance sheet by investing...

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Hardik Mehta

Providers

Quipt addresses investigation, commits to e-prescribing

February 23, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

CINCINNATI – Quipt Home Medical’s strong fiscal first quarter was tempered by news of a recently-announced investigation into certain claims, during a recent earnings call.   Quipt has disclosed that it has received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia pursuant to the False Claims Act regarding an investigation concerning whether the company may have caused the submission of false claims to government health...

e-prescribing, Investigation, Quipt Home Medical


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Tod Usher

Vendors

Tactical Call Center offers HME touch

February 23, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MINDEN, Nev. – Tactical Call Center will launch at Medtrade in March to offer HME providers a new option for after-hours communication that’s specific to their industry.  Currently, providers have little choice but to use local answering services, often the same ones that their referring physicians use, says Todd Usher, president and CEO.  “They manage all the calls, and it’s no frills and it’s their way or the highway,” he said. “We haven’t...

Medtrade, Staffing Solutions, Tactical Back Office, Tactical Call Center


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Medtrade Preview: State Straight Talks bring issues to forefront

February 23, 2024Tracy Orzel

DALLAS - Medtrade attendees who want to be part of the solution for the issues in their states need look no further than the State Straight Talks hosted by AAHomecare and regional/state association leaders.  During last year’s State Straight Talks, for example, multiple providers expressed having issues with reimbursement for enteral formula due to formula shortages. Leaders at the Northeast Medical Equipment Providers Association (NEMEP) were able to point out that they were already...

AAHomecare, home medical equipment, Medtrade


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In brief: Change Healthcare breach, Option Care results, Masimo collaboration

February 23, 2024HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Change Healthcare, a revenue cycle management company, has experienced a cyberattack, it stated on its website.  “Once we became aware of the outside threat, in the interest of protecting our partners and patients, we took immediate action to disconnect our systems to prevent further impact. At this time, we believe the issue is specific to Change Healthcare and all other systems across UnitedHealth Group are operational.”  UnitedHealth Group...

AAHomecare, Change Healthcare, Masimo, Option Care Health, United Spinal Association


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Insulet’s Omnipod fuels growth

February 23, 2024HME News Staff

ACTON, Mass. – Insulet reported full year 2023 revenues $1.7 billion, up 30% compared to 2022. Fourth quarter 2023 revenue was $509.8 million, up nearly 38%. Total Omnipod revenue was $501 million; of that, US Omnipod revenue was $394.6 million, an increase of nearly 43%. “2023 was another transformational year for Insulet,” said Jim Hollingshead, president & CEO. “The rapid adoption of Omnipod 5 helped fuel our eighth consecutive year of more than 20% constant currency revenue...

Diabetes, Insulet, Insulin pump, Omnipod


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Change Healthcare systems breached

February 23, 2024HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Change Healthcare, a revenue cycle management company, has experienced a cyberattack, it stated on its website.  “Once we became aware of the outside threat, in the interest of protecting our partners and patients, we took immediate action to disconnect our systems to prevent further impact. At this time, we believe the issue is specific to Change Healthcare and all other systems across UnitedHealth Group are operational.”  UnitedHealth Group...

Change Healthcare, Cybersecurity, UnitedHealth Group


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AAH updates supplier numbers

February 22, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s quarterly supplier number tracking sheet is now available with January 2024 data. AAHomecare monitors the DMEPOS industry by reviewing the list of Medicare enrolled suppliers. The updated tracking sheet continues to show a slight decline from last quarter’s update. The association now estimates there are currently 8,005 traditional Medicare DMEPOS locations across the country. The data shows a 38% decrease in traditional DME supplier locations since 2013....

AAHomecare, DMEPOS


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United Spinal urges recognition of International Wheelchair Day

February 22, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – United Spinal Association is inviting champions of disability inclusion to share its International Wheelchair Day blog on their social media platforms to highlight International Wheelchair Day, March 1. The blog offers reflections from wheelchair users on the impact of their mobility devices on their independence, freedom, and quality of life. United Spinal advocates for and provides resources to people with SCI/D.

Disability, International Wheelchair Day, United Spinal Association


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