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Industry, CMS need to 'have conversation' about disaster relief

September 28, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The havoc wrought by Hurricane Florence in September highlighted, once again, the need for policy changes in disaster situations, say HME stakeholders. “What gets lost (is the need) to get better reimbursement to take care of people in devastated areas,” said Bill Guidetti, executive vice president, East Zone, Apria Healthcare. “There are a lot of hidden costs.” Guidetti serves on an AAHomecare work group that was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,...

AAHomecare, Apria, Bill Guidetti, Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Harvey

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Survey highlights broken Medicare system

September 28, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - More than three-quarters of case managers have experienced difficulties with the discharge of patients who need home medical equipment, according to the preliminary results of a new survey from AAHomecare. “I have been a therapist since 1991 and have never been so unable to do my job,” said one case manager. “This Medicare system is broken beyond repair.” AAHomecare announced in July it was working with Dobson DaVanzo & Associations, a healthcare research...

AAHomecare, Case Managers, Competitive Bidding, Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, Home Medical Equipment (HME)

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AAH launches survey to dig deeper into access issues

July 28, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders are reaching past the ranks of HME providers to gauge the impact of competitive bidding, as they continue to push for reforms to the program. AAHomecare is working with Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, a well-respected healthcare research group, on a new surveythat will seek input from not only HME providers but also Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers and other healthcare professionals like hospital discharge planners. “We've made headway at CMS, certainly,...

AAHomecare, Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, Gary Sheehan, Tom Ryan

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New impact survey seeks 'street level' view

July 27, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare is developing a new survey with Dobson DaVanzo & Associates to determine the impact of competitive bidding on patient access to home medical equipment nationwide. The survey will seek input from HME providers, beneficiaries, caregivers and hospital discharge planners. Dobson DaVanzo, a leading healthcare research group, will create a report based on the survey results. Although industry stakeholders have met with regulatory agencies to discuss improvements to the bid...

AAHomecare, Access, Dobson DaVanzo & Associates

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Gov't also takes hit under 'monster backlog' of appeals

March 20, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The years-long delay in the appeals process at the administrative law judge level is costly for both providers and CMS, says a new report. More than half of claims are overturned on appeal and when they are, CMS must pay interest back to providers, according to the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, which commissioned the report. “This is a crisis that should never have happened,” said Charles Dankmeyer, president of AOPA. “We need to fix this in a way...

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), American Orthotic & Prosthetic Assoc (AOPA), Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, Orthotics & Prosthetics (O&P)

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