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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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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...

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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...

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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....

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Lack of reimbursement relief starts to set in

February 9, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – With Medicare reimbursement decreases in non-rural areas now in effect, including 32% for oxygen and 37% for manual wheelchairs, HME providers are faced with making potentially difficult business decisions if relief doesn’t come their way soon, say industry stakeholders.  Congress in January passed a stripped down, short-term government funding measure without including any significant health care extenders, including a provision to extend a 75/25 blended rate in...

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AAH adds board members

February 8, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Mickae Lee and Steve Wakser have joined AAHomecare’s board of directors, filling at-large seats. Lee, the new senior manager, government affairs, for Permobil, brings expert knowledge of complex rehab technology, proven state and federal advocacy skills, and a record of service on several HME industry work groups and committees to the role. Wakser, senior vice president of sales, North & South America for Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, has extensive leadership experience across...

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AAHomecare seeks next Homecare Champion

January 25, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare seeks nominations for the 2024 Van Miller Homecare Champion, who will be honored at the Stand Up for Homecare reception at Medtrade on March 27 in Dallas. Nominees must have a longstanding record of service within the home care community; embody the spirit of caring and generosity, which are the hallmarks of the profession; and have active membership and engagement in AAHomecare. The Homecare Champion award was renamed in 2016 in honor of Van Miller, founder of the VGM...

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In brief: AAH pushes for follow up, StateServ buys PBM, ADS builds C-suite 

January 24, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on Jan. 18 to keep the government funded until the beginning of March, AAHomecare reports, but the bill does not contain various health care extender measures, including the industry’s provision to extend the 75/25 blended Medicare reimbursement rates in non-rural areas.  “We are continuing to work with our champions, as well as influential legislators and committee staff, to pass our legislation...

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Reimbursement relief: 'Please follow up,’ AAH says 

January 22, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill on Jan. 18 to keep the government funded until the beginning of March, AAHomecare reports, but the bill does not contain various health care extender measures, including the industry’s provision to extend the 75/25 blended Medicare reimbursement rates in non-rural areas.  “We are continuing to work with our champions, as well as influential legislators and committee staff, to pass our legislation...

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State regulatory update: Virginia and New York

January 15, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – In Virginia, DME policy for Medicaid was updated on Jan. 1, 2024, to include several revisions that stakeholders asked for, including adding coverage of complex rehab technology for recipients living in a nursing facility, according to AAHomecare. The updated DME policy also allows for continuous rental of non-invasive ventilators and allows for certain enteral nutrition substitutions in the event of formula shortages. In New York, the Medicaid program increased reimbursement for...

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