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DMEMACs clarify coverage for caths 

December 5, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Both CGS and Noridian have clarified that a high-level spinal cord injury (T3 and above) is an example of immunosuppression, meeting criteria #2 for coverage for closed-system catheters, Coloplast has announced. In October 2021, during a DME MAC council call, it was stated, “The example of high-level spinal cord injury patients (higher than T3) will be considered for coverage when conducting medical reviews of intermittent catheterization using a sterile intermittent catheter...

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Avalon GloboCare acquires Merlin Medical Supply

September 14, 2023HME News Staff

FREEHOLD, N.J. – Avalon GloboCare, a developer of innovative precision diagnostics and provider of clinical laboratory services, has announced that Laboratory Services MSO has acquired Merlin Medical Supply, an HME company providing acute and non-acute medical supplies in Ventura County, Calif. Additionally, LSM has acquired Leading Edge Innovations, which owns the GeeWhiz External Condom Catheter, a patented, FDA-registered, in-market, male incontinence device, from the same owner.  “MMS...

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Bill introduced in Iowa addresses catheters made with DEHP

February 24, 2023HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic Iowa State Representative Josh Turek has introduced the Better Caths for Iowa Act (H.F. 387) to review the use and reimbursement of certain catheters under the Medicaid program, specifically urinary catheters made with the harmful chemical DEHP.   A four-time Paralympian who was born with spina bifida, Josh and his basketball team most recently brought home gold from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.    "Bladder cancer took the life of Dale Ericksen,...

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OIG report on catheters: ‘Where are they getting their information?’

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OIG report on catheters: ‘Where are they getting their information?’

November 22, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – An Office of Inspector General report “understates” the actual cost of providing catheters, especially given the complexity of both Medicare’s documentation requirements and the needs of patients, say providers.  The report, released in September, found that Medicare payments for intermittent urinary catheters were 3.4 times supplier acquisition costs in fiscal year 2020 and recommended that CMS lower its reimbursement rates.  “I’d...

Aeroflow, Catheter, Chris Malcom, First source catheters, Mica Philips, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Report, Urology


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In brief: Philips recall, catheter payments, Pottery Barn play

September 9, 2022HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH – Philips Respironics is alerting users of certain CPAP or Bi-Level PAP therapy masks with magnetic headgear clips or straps that these devices should not be used by or near patients and their household members, caregivers and bed partners who have metallic implanted devices or metallic objects (such as metallic splinters) in the body.   The magnetic headgear clips are used to attach the headgear straps to the masks, a commonly used method in sleep therapy devices.  This...

Catheter, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Philips Recall, Pottery Barn, ResMed, Responsive Respiratory


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OIG report: CMS should reduce cath payments

September 7, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Medicare payments for intermittent urinary catheters were 3.4 times supplier acquisition costs in fiscal year 2020, according to a new analysis by the Office of Inspector General.  In total, Medicare allowed $407 million in payments for these items, while suppliers paid approximately $121 million to acquire them.   Each of the three billing categories for intermittent urinary catheters (straight tip, curved tip, and sterile kit) showed large differences between...

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Doing business the ‘180 way,’ going on 20 years

August 26, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

OKLAHOMA CITY – 180 Medical was founded with the goal of providing top-notch service and education to its customers, says Mark Jassey, chief commercial officer.  This month, the national provider of catheters and ostomy supplies celebrates 20 years of doing just that.  “Education is one of our foundational pillars,” Jassey said. “We want to be able to provide the education and the choice when someone needs to use our products. It’s not something someone...

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180 Medical marks two decades of service

August 15, 2022HME News Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – 180 Medical, a national supplier of catheters and ostomy supplies, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.  The company was founded in 2002 by Todd Brown, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident in 1994 and wanted to build a medical supply company that understood the needs of its customers.  “It’s an honor and a joy to continue Todd’s mission for this company when he founded it twenty years ago,” says...

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Updated cost study addresses pressure sores, incontinence, diabetes 

July 21, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – For every $1 CMS invests in DME and supplies to prevent pressure sores, it will see a return of $38.54 in reduced or avoided treatment costs, according to an updated study from VGM Government Relations and Leitten Consulting.  DME and supplies to prevent pressure sores was one of three new categories included in the study. The others: catheters and related urological supplies, and diabetic test strips and monitors.  “As CMS forced prices down and treatment...

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Hollister contracts with Premier, Vizient 

June 20, 2022HME News Staff

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Hollister has announced two significant new contracts. The company has been awarded an AscenDrive contract with Premier, a health care improvement company uniting an alliance of about 4,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems and more than 225,000 other providers and organizations. AscenDrive is a new program designed to drive commitment and savings for members through aggregated purchasing of high-quality products and services. The company has also been awarded a three-year...

Catheter, Hollister, Premier, urological supplies, Vizient


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