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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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Philips Respironics to focus on masks, other consumables in US

January 25, 2024HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM – Philips Respironics has released a list of 19 sleep and respiratory products that it will stop selling in the United States as soon as this month, including the EverFlo home oxygen system and the Trilogy EVO and EV300 home ventilators.  “We have streamlined our portfolio to enable us to focus on programs that are best suited to changing market dynamics and will most effectively serve patients and customers in the future,” the company states on its website. “In...

Home Oxygen, Philips Respironics, Respiratory, Sleep, Ventilator

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In brief: Sign-on letter for oxygen, BOC’s Certificant of the Year 

July 19, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., are collecting signatures for a sign-on letter asking CMS to accept the standard written order as the only necessary documentation to establish medical necessity for audits of home oxygen, sleep and non-invasive ventilation claims submitted during the public health emergency, according to AAHomecare.  The letter asks CMS to protect patient access by instructing contractors to use CMS’s widely accepted oxygen...

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), Documentation, Home Oxygen, Noel Neil, Sign-On Letter

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In brief: PHE ends, CMS audits Medicare Advantage, CQRC calls for safeguards 

February 3, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden has announced that the public health emergency will end on May 11, 2023.  Under the last declaration in January, the PHE was set to end on April 11.  “The advance notice goes beyond HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s previous guidance to health care stakeholders that the agency would provide at least 60 days advance notice before ending the PHE,” AAHomecare noted in a bulletin.  Knowing when the PHE will end gives industry...

Audit, Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC), Home Oxygen, Medicare Advantage, Public Health Emergency, Therapy

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Respiratory market emerges from ‘whiplash’

January 31, 2023John Andrews

 The respiratory market has undergone a series of shifts over the past two-and-a-half years, due to the pandemic and other issues, like supply chain disruptions. But now it appears that external forces have waned, creating a more stable environment for providers, respiratory manufacturers say.  Jim Worrell, chief commercial officer for Pinellas Park, Fla.-based Quality Biomedical, called the past couple of years “a roller coaster ride” as the industry continues to emerge...

CAIRE, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Home Oxygen, Home respiratory therapy, Joe Lewarski, Quality Biomedical

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CQRC makes voice heard

November 9, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care used a recent Request for Information from CMS to push for clear, objective clinical data elements for oxygen that are consistent with existing CMS-developed “templates” to ensure access to care for home respiratory patients.  In its comments on “Make Your Voice Heard: Promoting Efficiency and Equity Within CMS Programs, the CQRC also urges CMS to issue clear guidelines about what to expect after the COVID-19 public...

Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC), Home Oxygen

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RRI launches Boost display

November 2, 2022HME News Staff

ST. LOUIS – Responsive Respiratory has created a new showroom floor display to broaden its Boost Oxygen portfolio. “The showroom display is a natural extension of our Boost Oxygen portfolio,” said Steve Bannon, president.  “We are pleased to offer providers a new eye‐catching tool to drive cash sales of Boost Oxygen for the holiday season.” The display, which features Boost’s signature green color, assembles quickly and easily. The sturdy corrugated floor...

Boost Oxygen Products, Home Oxygen, Responsive Respiratory

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Report: Providers anticipate sleep rebound

September 28, 2022HME News Staff

NEW YORK – HME providers saw a 6.3% decline in their sleep patient volume in the last 12 months, but they expect double-digit growth in the next 12 months, according to the third quarter HME Sleep and Oxygen Survey from Needham.  The decline in sleep is mainly due to a shortage in flow generators. The eventual re-entry of Philips into the flow generator market appears likely to come mostly at the expense of smaller competitors rather than ResMed, according to the survey.  Respondents...

CPAP Recall, Home Oxygen, Home sleep, Needham

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CQRC hails oxygen letter

August 18, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care applauded the 22 bipartisan House lawmakers for urging the CMS to protect patients’ access to home oxygen. In a letter, spearheaded by Reps. Terri Sewell, D.-Ala., and Larry Bucshon, R.-Ind., to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, they wrote in support of reforms to the home oxygen therapy benefit, and asked the agency to ensure that Medicare contractor documentation...

Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC), Crispin Teufel, Home Oxygen

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In brief: Regulatory update, e-prescribing report, Lincare acquisition

February 18, 2022HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS on Feb. 10 published a change request notifying the DME Medicare Administrative Contractors of the agency’s new national coverage determination for home oxygen therapy.  CMS notes the following changes are effective for claims with dates of service starting Sept. 27, 2021:  expansion of oxygen coverage for acute and chronic conditions;  expansion of coverage for short and long-term need (when hypoxemia exhibited);  the ability of the...

Home Oxygen, Lincare, National Home Infusion Foundation (NHIF), Parachute Health, Philips, Quipt, Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC), Vertess

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