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MCOs and Medicaid: Call for support in NY 

March 2, 2021HME News Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. – AAHomecare is calling on providers in New York to help build support for two new bills in the state legislature that would require Medicaid managed care organizations to reimburse for DME and complex rehab at no less than 100% of the published Medicaid fee schedule for the same services and supplies. A.5368 was introduced in the State Assembly on Feb. 16 and S.5118 was introduced in the State Senate on Feb. 24. “This legislation is critically needed to ensure...

Complex Rehab, dme, fee schedule, Managed Care Organizations, Medicaid

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Hospice Source buys Superior Healthcare

November 24, 2020HME News Staff

CARROLLTON, Texas - Hospice Source, a provider of DME to the hospice market, has acquired Superior Healthcare in Marinez, Calif. The deal furthers Hospice Source's position as the largest provider of DME to the hospice market in California, the company says. “The acquisition of Superior Healthcare allows us to extend our passion for service to a greater number of northern California hospice patients and hospice partners,” said Jeff West, CEO of Hospice Source. “We welcome our new...

dme, Hospice, Hospice Source, M&A, Superior Healthcare

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Gov't charges 345, revokes billing privileges for 256

October 13, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, along with state and federal law enforcement partners, has conducted a national “telefraud” takedown involving more than $6 billion in alleged losses. The fraudulent activity has resulted in charges for 345 defendants, including telemedicine companies, DME companies, genetic testing labs, pharmacies and more than 100 medical practitioners, in 51 judicial districts. Health care billing privileges have...

dme, Fraud, OIG, telefraud, Telehealth

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BOC offers three certification exams online

June 3, 2020HME News Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Board of Certification/Accreditation has launched a new remote proctored testing option, allowing candidates to complete their exams online and earn certification. Delivered by BOC test partner PSI, the remote proctored testing option allows candidates to take their orthotic fitter (COF), mastectomy fitter (CMF) or DME specialist (CDME) certification exams from a location of their choice. “Live, remote proctored testing gives candidates the opportunity to take exams...

BOC, certification, dme, mastectomy, online education, Orthotics, remote testing

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HomeCare Connect builds home mods staff

September 3, 2019HME News Staff

WINTER PARK, Fla. - HomeCare Connect, a company that manages the quality and cost of home health, DME, home modifications, O&P and medical supplies for workers' compensation patients and payers, has hired Michelle “Nickcola” Wallace as complex care transition manager. She will ensure that seriously injured workers receive appropriate home modifications and DME in a timely and cost effective manner. “Early intervention is key,” said Wallace, a certified aging-in-place specialist...

disability, dme, home modifications, HomeCare Connect, workers' compensation

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Judge issues first sentence in 'Operation Brace Yourself'

May 8, 2019HME News Staff

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Roderic Bain, the CEO of several DME companies based here, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for allegedly defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars. Bain, who pleaded guilty to one count of false statements relating to healthcare matters, was also ordered to pay $1.9 million in fines and restitution. It's the first sentence handed down in “Operation Brace Yourself,” a nationwide fraud takedown that saw 24 defendants charged for their roles in a $1.2...

braces, dme, Operation Brace Yourself

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DME-IQ allows physicians to bring DME programs in-house

January 29, 2019HME News Staff

MIRAMAR, Fla. - NuGenerex Distribution Solutions 2, a wholly owned subsidiary of Generex Biotechnology Corp., has launched DME-IQ, a service for physicians who distribute DME from their offices. DME-IQ focuses on several key areas, including negotiating on behalf of the physicians with key vendors to decrease the cost of goods, increasing insurance collections by providing oversight of coding during the billing process, providing the necessary personnel to manage the appeals processes, and ensuring...

dme, NuGenerex, software

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Phillips Chiropractic opens DME company

June 19, 2018HME News Staff

DODGE CITY, Kan. - Phillips Chiropractic has opened a DME company called Phillips Durable Medical Equipment, according to the Dodge City Daily Globe. Phillips has contracted with a company out of Dallas to get custom braces within about seven days, Dr. Jammie Phillips told the newspaper. “In this area, where we kind of lack the durable medical equipment, a lot of times when the doctor needs a special ACL brace or a custom-fit brace, they were having to go to Wichita or have it ordered and have...

custom braces, dme, new business, Phillips Durable Medical Equipment

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Parachute Health secures $5.5M

March 20, 2018HME News Staff

NEW YORK - DME technology platform Parachute Health has raised $5.5 million to expand nationwide. The company integrates directly with Epic and other widely used electronic medical record software programs to create a completely digital prescription ordering process for DME based on machine learning technology that ensures compliance with ever-changing insurance requirements. “Despite decades of advancement across industries, healthcare still relies on the fax machine,” said CEO David...

digital prescription ordering, dme, Funding, Parachute Health

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On the Editor's Desk

Head banging

July 28, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

In case you missed it, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) in June published “A data book: Health care spending and the Medicare program.” Durable medical equipment has no section of its own (unlike hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, physicians, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehab facilities, etc.), but it was included in a number of graphs detailing trends in Medicare spending, one of which is a real head scratcher. According to Chart...

dme, Medicare spending, MedPac

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