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NHIA: CMS still doesn't get it

September 3, 2019Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - CMS's recent proposed rule on payments for home infusion services “rearranges dollars,” but fails to fix fundamental structural issues with the benefit, says the National Home Infusion Association.Stakeholders had hoped the proposed rule, released in July, might contain changes to CMS's plan to limit reimbursement for professional services to only those days a “skilled professional”—which it defines as a nurse—is in the home.“We were hoping they...

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Vizient urges CMS to reconsider home infusion benefit

November 8, 2018HME News Staff

IRVING, Texas - Vizient, a member-driven health care performance improvement company and its subsidiary Provista, a supply chain partner for non-acute healthcare delivery organizations, have urged CMS to reconsider its “very narrow interpretation of the new Medicare home infusion benefit. The benefit was finalized in the recently released Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule for 2019. The rule will limit reimbursement for home infusion services to only the day on which the services...

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Option Care's new CEO: Home infusion at 'interesting intersection'

February 2, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. - Option Care kicked off the new year with a new CEO, John Rademacher, who had previously served as interim CEO and COO. Rademacher, whose resume includes executive level roles at Cardinal Health and Cigna, says the home infusion sector is at an “interesting intersection between high quality and appropriate costs.”“Payers, health systems and pharmaceutical manufacturers are realizing that home infusion offers a real important service to patients,” he said.Rademacher...

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Home infusion legislation introduced in Senate

August 3, 2017HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - A bill that would create a temporary payment for home infusion services dropped in the Senate this afternoon. Introduced by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., the Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Access Act of 2017 (S. 1738) would address a payment gap created by a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act. That act requires Medicare to pay for services associated with providing Part B home infusion drugs, but not until 2021. The Senate bill is a companion to H.R....

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Upstate Homecare bets on infusion

May 23, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

CLINTON, N.Y. - At a time when other HME companies are downsizing operations or shuttering entirely, Upstate Homecare is looking to grow, thanks to a renewed focus on specialty infusion care in the upstate New York area.In focusing on specialty infusion, Upstate is shifting away from retail pharmacy, a niche market previously developed through acquisition, said CEO Gregory LoPresti. Specialty infusion offers a home care model that complements Upstate's existing respiratory offerings, and it also...

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Option Care achieves perfect URAC score

May 23, 2017Kelly Bothum

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. ­- Option Care, a national home infusion provider, recently earned accreditation from URAC Specialty Pharmacy for its corporate offices and its three specialty pharmacy centers of excellence.As if the recognition wasn't impressive enough, the Illinois-based company aced the accreditation process, receiving a perfect score from URAC, an independent, non-profit organization that uses evidence-based measures and standards for accreditation. The score applies to all specialty areas,...

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Efficiencies: Evaluate business processes

May 23, 2017Melissa Kozak

A. If you're like many home infusion providers, you focus most of your attention on improving the health of your patients. But what about the financial health of your business? While you've been staying on top of clinical best practices and regulatory issues, you haven't had time to evaluate your business processes and check out some of the latest technology advancements that can actually help you significantly improve efficiencies.As more physician groups, health systems and payers recognize the...

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InfuSystem bullish on tech

December 22, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. - InfuSystem expects to see its investment in technology start paying off in 2016, company execs said during an earnings call in November.“I'm proud of the IT work we've achieved as a small company in just two years,” said CEO Eric Steen. “Our investment in IT and electronic connectivity is attracting customers at a record rate fueling double-digit rental growth, and we expect to start seeing operational efficiencies in 2016.”The infusion services provider...

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