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In brief: Senators push oxygen template, DME MACs publish supplies guidance

February 9, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., urge CMS to adopt a standardized template instead of a medical record review to ensure access to supplemental oxygen for patients.   In a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the senators state:  “We ask that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remove barriers for patient access to supplemental oxygen by establishing clear requirements for determining the medical necessity...

3D printing, Home medical supplies, Home Oxygen, National Home Infusion Association (NHIA), Orthotics, Template, VGM & Associates

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Gordy Fox

Specialty Providers

Home Care Delivered ready for ‘bigger, better, faster’

October 20, 2023Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

RICHMOND, Va. – Home Care Delivered’s recent acquisition of Medline’s DMEPOS supplier business unit will boost the provider’s geographic and payer profile, says CEO Gordy Fox.  The two companies already had a long-running relationship, so when Medline approached HCD about buying the business unit, it made sense, says Fox.  “Medline’s DMEPOS supplier business unit really focuses on incontinence, urological, ostomy and wound care, so it was directly...

Home Care Delivered, Home medical supplies, Medline

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Kathryn Vaughn

Smart Talk

Patient Access: Consider taking active role

May 9, 2023Kathryn Vaughn

Q. What is market access and what is the value to me?  A. Pharma and biotech have long recognized the value of investing in market access to enable consumer access to therapies. As of recent, HME manufacturers have begun to invest in internal teams to address coverage and reimbursement restrictions with an overall goal of improving access for end-users. The work may take the form of advocacy on the federal level with CMS or with individual state Medicaid programs to improve coverage or reimbursement...

Coloplast, Home medical supplies, Kathryn Vaughn

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Ashley Plauche

Specialty Providers

Surveys seek to fight ‘commoditization’ of industry

April 7, 2023Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – So many payers don’t understand the day-to-day realities of providing medical supplies that it’s up to the HME industry to tell its story and ensure end users don’t lose access, say stakeholders.  AAHomecare in March launched two nationwide surveys – enteral (enteral nutrition, pumps, kits, and/or supplies) and supplies (wound care, ostomy, and/or urological supplies) – to gather information on the rising costs that providers face.  “If...

AAHomecare, Enteral Nutrition, Home medical supplies, urological supplies

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McKesson secures federal contract

March 22, 2023HME News Staff

RICHMOND, Va. – McKesson Medical-Surgical Government Solutions has been awarded a five-year contract by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for medical equipment and supplies.  The contract, used by the VA and other federal agencies, affords greater access to McKesson brand supplies, including respiratory accessories, disposable surgical instruments, hospital clothing, exam tables, adhesive bandages and hundreds of other products.  “Securing this contract represents...

Home Medical Equipment (HME), Home medical supplies, McKesson Medical-Surgical

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Cardinal Health to install Swisslog Automation Solution

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Cardinal Health to install Swisslog Automation Solution

March 16, 2023HME News Staff

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Cardinal Health will install a Swisslog Automation Solution within its new at-Home Solutions distribution center in Grove City, Ohio. The facility is part of the at-Home Solutions business' multi-year strategy to increase warehouse capacity to accommodate its rapid growth. The AutoStore solution, empowered by Swisslog, has 31,844 storage bins providing 83,000 cubic feet of storage for 14,154 SKUs. The solution operates on synchronized intelligence from Swisslog's...

Cardinal Health, Home medical supplies, Swisslog Automation

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Dynarex offers scholarships

March 1, 2023HME News Staff

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Dynarex Corp. is proud to announce the 2023 “We Care Like Family” Scholarship — Distributor Employee Program. Dynarex will award more than $5,000 to assist students pursuing educational opportunities in the medical field and other areas of study. The scholarship is open to the children of all employees of active Dynarex distributors. “This exciting scholarship program will help supplement tuition and other expenses associated with post-secondary education—such...

Dynarex, Home medical supplies, scholarships

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Great Elm Healthcare sells to Quipt for $80M

January 4, 2023HME News Staff

 WALTHAM, Mass. – Great Elm Group has sold its DME business, Great Elm Healthcare, to QHM Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quipt Home Medical Corp., for $80 million.  GEG has also announced it has sold a majority of its ownership interest in Forest Investments, Inc. to J.P. Morgan Broker-Dealer Holdings Inc., for approximately $18 million.  “The successful sale of our DME business and the recently announced Forest transaction are transformative for Great...

Great Elm Healthcare, Home medical supplies, Quipt Home Medical

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In brief: Post-election push, ResMed Venture, Best Buy investment

November 18, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders are urging the HME industry to press lawmakers to include reimbursement relief in any end-of-year legislation.  With the mid-term elections over, Congress is turning its attention to a year-end omnibus bill that will include language to extend the debt ceiling and keep the government funded.  As leadership on key committees of jurisdictions negotiate on what measures to include in the bill, it is critical that the HME industry make its collective voice...

Better Health, Cardinal Health, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Home medical supplies

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Naama Breckler

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Better Health joins Cigna network

November 16, 2022HME News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO – Better Health, a national chronic condition support and medical supply provider, is now in-network for Medicare Advantage customers of Cigna. "We are thrilled that Better Health is now available as an in-network provider for Cigna’s Medicare Advantage members,” said Naama Stauber Breckler, Better Health co-founder and CEO. “Identifying the unique needs of people with chronic conditions who are dependent on medical supplies, we modernized the entire process...

Better Health, Cigna, Home medical supplies

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