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Top execs ‘control’ what they can 

March 29, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

DALLAS – A panel of top execs shared how they’re navigating the “chaos” in the HME industry right now, including the staffing shortages, Change Healthcare cyberattack, and Philips Respironics recall and exit, during the AAHomecare Update at Medtrade on March 27.  Tom Ryan, president and CEO of AAHomecare, led John Cassar of SuperCare Health, Josh Marx of Medical Service Company, Ryan Bullock of Aeroflow and David Siegel of Nationwide Medical – all part of the...

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‘There’s a distinct buzz’ at Medtrade

March 27, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

DALLAS – They come for education, products and networking, but Associate Show Director Kerry Tyler hopes attendees also take home a big dose of inspiration from this year’s Medtrade.    “There’s a distinct buzz that you can hear and feel,” she said. “Educational sessions were packed on day one and the opening of the show floor on day two has taken it to another level. You don’t get inspiration by staying at home.”  At this...

2024, AAHomecare, Kerry Tyler, Medtrade, Rhythm Healthcare, Tactical Back Office


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HME industry under strain

March 22, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders have been reaching out to policymakers to highlight the “disastrous” impacts of the recent Change Healthcare cyberattack, which piled cash flow concerns on top of low reimbursement issues.  “This is a low margin industry and some of these smaller to mid-sized companies don’t have the balance sheet (to sustain themselves for very long) and they have tough choices to make,” said Tom Ryan, president & CEO of AAHomecare. “They’ve...

AAHomecare, Change Healthcare, Cyberattack, Home Medical Equipment (HME), VGM Government Relations


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Stakeholders seek to make ‘headway’ on enteral nutrition

March 22, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders are hoping a new white paper will serve as a tool to educate payers and policymakers on the disconnect between rising costs and stagnating reimbursement specifically for enteral nutrition.  Everything from shipping to labor to enteral formulas has seen increases in cost, says Vicki Emch, area vice president of clinical operations for Colorado-based Aveanna Healthcare, who was part of the workgroup that developed the paper, “Challenges in Enteral Nutrition...

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AAHomecare launches WHY Campaign 

March 18, 2024HME News Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – AAHomecare will launch its “WHY Campaign” at Medtrade. The campaign – centered around the question, “What’s your WHY for being in the HME industry?” – aims to highlight the value of HME and the importance of membership in AAHomecare. The association is inviting Medtrade attendees to share their personal "WHY" at its booth (#750) by filling out cards and adding them to a display wall. Attendees can also have their “WHY”...

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In brief: AAH on cath fraud & CCS on GLP-1s

March 8, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has issued a statement affirming its support for the government to implement real-time monitoring of claims to detect potential fraud and abuse, in response to news reports of potential Medicare fraud by a handful of intermittent catheter companies.  AAHomecare's statement, which was shared with CMS and Capitol Hill, also reiterates recommendations for federal government initiatives to better monitor DME supplier billing practices and trends, including:  Increased...

AAHomecare, Catheter, CCS, Diabetes, Noridian, Soleo Health


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AAHomecare supports detection efforts in wake of cath fraud reports

March 7, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has issued a statement affirming its support for the government to implement real-time monitoring of claims to detect potential fraud and abuse in response to news reports of potential Medicare fraud by a handful of intermittent catheter companies.  AAHomecare's statement, which was shared with CMS and Capitol Hill, also reiterates recommendations for federal government initiatives to better monitor DME supplier billing practices and trends, including:  Increased...

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Package moves forward without reimbursement relief 

March 5, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A narrow health care package announced over the weekend does not include provisions to extend the 75-25 blended Medicare reimbursement rate for DME in non-rural areas through 2024, AAHomecare has announced.  The package is part of appropriations language set for consideration on March 8, the association says.  “While this latest development is certainly disappointing, our lobbying team remains fully engaged in working with our champions to identify other options...

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CMS releases coding, payment info for seat elevation systems 

March 4, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has announced coding and payment information for seat elevation systems for complex rehab power wheelchairs, AAHomecare has reported.  The key takeaways, according to the association:  Discontinues existing HCPCS Level II code E2300, “Wheelchair accessory, power seat elevation system, any type,” effective March 31, 2024  Establishes E2298, “Complex rehabilitative power wheelchair accessory, power seat elevation system, any...

AAHomecare, Coding, Complex Rehab, Payment, seat elevation


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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...

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