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AdaptHealth to buy AeroCare

December 1, 2020HME News Staff

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - AdaptHealth has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Orlando, Fla.-based AeroCare Holdings for $2 billion. The total purchase price is comprised of $1.1 billion in cash and 31 million shares of AdaptHealth. “Our combined company will further enhance our geographic reach with a footprint in 47 of the 48 continental U.S. states, strengthening relationships with our referral partners, patients, manufacturers and managed health care plans,” said Luke...

AdaptHealth, AeroCare, HME, M&A


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Regional Health pilots home mods, HME concept

August 16, 2018HME News Staff

STURGIS, S.D. - Regional Health HOME+ Home Medical Equipment held a grand opening for its new 3,600-square foot store on Aug. 17, according to the Rapid City Journal. The company originally occupied 700 square feet inside the Massa-Berry Clinic in Sturgis, but the clinic moved to Regional Health Sturgis Hospital. “They didn't have room for us (in the new clinic),” Brittany Battista, manager, told the newspaper. “We wanted to stay in the community and wanted to broaden our retail...

Grand opening, HME, Home modifications, Regional Health


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Lodi Health closes HME store

February 7, 2017HME News Staff

LODI, Calif. - Lodi Health is closing Memorial Home Med-Equip due to changes in Medicare reimbursement, according to the Lodi News-Sentinel. The full-service store has provided area residents with medical equipment like hospital beds, walkers, canes and oxygen equipment for 33 years. Company officials cite a 50% reduction in reimbursement as the driving factor in the decision. Lodi Health is not alone. There were once three medical equipment supply stores in the city at one time, but they have all...

Closure, HME, Lodi Health


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Genesis Medical Center opens HME biz

August 24, 2016HME News Staff

ALEDO, Ill. - Genesis Medical Center will open Genesis Home Medical Equipment adjacent to a new pharmacy it plans to open Sept. 1. The new pharmacy, to be called Genesis FirstMed Pharmacy, combines three area pharmacies, Stuts Drug Store, Wagner Pharmacy and McKnight Pharmacy, the Quad-City Times reports. “I think as we look at health care across the country and the insurance companies growing larger through consolidation, it makes it tough on independent providers to continue to keep up with...

Genesis Medical Center, HME


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OIG outlines work plan

February 7, 2014HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has several new HME-related projects in the works for 2014, including a review of the reasonableness of the Medicare fee schedule.In its recently released 2014 Work Plan, the OIG says it will review the reasonableness of the Medicare fee schedule for certain HME, including commode chairs, folding walkers and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators. It will compare what Medicare pays for those items with what non-Medicare payers, such as private...

HME, Medicare, OIG, work plan


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HIPAA changes: 'They are looking for issues'

September 6, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - New regulations governing patient privacy go into effect Sept. 23, and industry stakeholders say many HME providers aren't ready.In January, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule modifying the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) to increase enforcement efforts and penalties when protected health information is breached.“It's no longer a matter of you getting a complaint and mitigating the damage,” said Denise Fletcher Leard,...

DHHS, HIPAA, HME, Patient privacy


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Allstate Insurance sues slew of DME entities

June 24, 2013HME News Staff

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Allstate Insurance seeks to recover $6.6 million in damages for alleged medical insurance fraud from 47 New York- and Florida-based DME entities and owners, according to a press release. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleges that the DME companies, including 31 retail and 16 DME wholesale companies, submitted or facilitated the submission of fraudulent and misleading bills to Allstate Insurance for reimbursement, the release...

Abuse, Allstate Insurance, DME, Fraud, HME


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Breathe, LLC launches mobile oximetry app

June 24, 2013HME News Staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Breathe, LLC, a provider of overnight oxygen supplies and oximetry testing, has launched a mobile oximetry application, according to a press release. The patent-pending application, currently available on the iPhone, with forthcoming plans for an Android-compatible version, allows providers to view oximetry reports, fax reports to physicians, and view patient status and prescriptions. Through the app, providers can also sign patient forms directly on the phone, view patient archives...

Android, Breathe, DME, HME, iPhone, LLC, Oximetry, Oxygen supplies


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Lawmakers call on OIG to investigate competitive bidding

June 24, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - In a June 21 letter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, call on the agency to investigate the possibility that CMS deliberately overlooked its own rules when awarding contracts for competitive bidding, according to a press release.The OIG is charged with identifying and combating waste, fraud and abuse in more than 300 programs, including Medicare.“We have asked the Inspector General to look into the shortfalls,...

Bruce Braley, CMS, Competitive Bidding, DME, Glenn Thompson, HHS, HME, Medicare, OIG


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VGM testifies at small business hearing

June 21, 2013HME News Staff

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Ryan Ball, director of state policy at VGM & Associates, voiced concerns about Medicare's competitive bidding program and its negative impact on small providers at a Small Business Administration (SBA) regulatory fairness hearing today (June 21). In the testimony, Ball zeroed in on how the program favors larger providers that can submit lower bids and pinches smaller businesses out of the market. “Small, independent providers cannot sustain a 45% cut to reimbursement levels,...

CMS, Competitive Bidding, DME, HME, Medicare, Ryan Ball, Small Business Administration, VGM & Associates


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