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Providers

Encore publishes data on impact of Nexus on COPD patients 

July 8, 2024HME News Staff

LIVINGSTON, Tenn. – Home-based COPD management programs led by respiratory therapists using AI-driven software with plan of care goals can have a significant impact on admissions, quality of care metrics and overall cost of care, according to an abstract developed by Encore Healthcare and published by the American Thoracic Society.   HME providers using Encore’s Nexus software for patients using non-invasive ventilation produced the following results:  Enrollees...

Artificial Intelligence (AI), COPD, Disease Management, Encore Healthcare, Home Oxygen Therapy, Nexus


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In brief: Oxygen reform, POC efficacy, O&P WOY 

June 7, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A coalition of patient, provider and professional organizations calls on Congress to support and cosponsor the Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act, legislation that seeks to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries have access to the correct type and levels of oxygen, in a new letter.  The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Lung Association, American Thoracic Society, COPD Foundation, Council...

Home Oxygen Therapy, Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform Act (SOAR)


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CQRC pushes SOAR Act as part of hearing 

April 29, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care submitted a statement highlighting the need for Medcare to standardize the process for determining medical necessity for home oxygen therapy as part of a recent congressional hearing on “Examining How Improper Payments Cost Taxpayers Billions and Weaken Medicare and Medicaid.”  In the statement, the CQRC recommends CMS require Medicare contractors to use the clinical data element templates already created by the agency...

Council for Quality Respiratory Care (CQRC), Home Oxygen Therapy


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Dan Starck

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Oxygen bill introduced in House 

April 1, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – A bill to reform the home oxygen therapy benefit has now also been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act, H.R. 7829, introduced by Reps. David Valadao, R-Calif.; Julia Brownley, D-Calif.; Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., would:  Remove supplemental oxygen from Medicare’s competitive bidding program  Permanently extend Medicare’s blended reimbursement rates  Establish...

Home Oxygen Therapy, supplemental oxygen, Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform Act (SOAR)


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CAIRE opens facility in China to serve APAC customers 

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CAIRE opens facility in China to serve APAC customers 

March 25, 2024HME News Staff

BALL GROUND, Ga. – CAIRE held a special ribbon cutting ceremony and opening celebration in March at the new state-of-the-art CAIRE Medical Technology (Chengdu) Co., Ltd. facility in the Sichuan Province of China. The newly constructed space offers 49,013 square feet of production, warehouse and office space for the 86 employees serving in a variety of roles, including human resources, finance, engineering, quality, supply chain, production, equipment, customer service, marketing and sales....

CAIRE, Home Oxygen Therapy


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Oxygen reform bill introduced in Senate 

March 1, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy, MD., R-La., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have introduced legislation to ease access to supplemental oxygen for Medicare beneficiaries by, among other things, permanently extending blended payment rates.  The Supplemental Oxygen Access Reform (SOAR) Act of 2024 would establish a new payment methodology for non-liquid oxygen, allowing for most Medicare beneficiaries to be covered under the base payment levels.  “Patients...

Home Oxygen Therapy, Legislation


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Iowa Medicaid starts paying for Firesafe Cannula Valve 

December 11, 2023HME News Staff

CHICAGO – Iowa Medicaid began covering the Firesafe Cannula Valve under HCPCS code E0700 on Nov. 1, making it eligible for reimbursement, Sunset Healthcare Solutions has announced. The Firesafe Cannula Valve is a thermal fuse that cuts the flow of oxygen in the event that a patient’s downstream oxygen tubing is ignited. “Prevention of home oxygen therapy related fires, and education around how they can be significantly reduced, has been an initiative of Sunset’s for years,”...

Firesafe Cannula Valve, Home Oxygen Therapy, Iowa, Medicaid


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Andrea Stark

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Home oxygen therapy: Stakeholders welcome ‘much-needed’ guidance

March 3, 2023Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – An updated FAQ published by the DME MACs in February, by and large, addresses concerns around the new local coverage determination for home oxygen therapy and serves as a good reference point as HME providers navigate a new era for the benefit, stakeholders say.  The FAQ, published Feb. 21 and updated Feb. 23, addresses 25 questions related to continued need, the new N modifiers and more.  “Full stop, it was a much-needed thing,” said Andrea Stark, a...

Andrea Stark, Home Oxygen Therapy, Kim Brummett, Local Coverage Determination (LCD), Oxygen, Ronda Buhrmester


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DME MACs provide additional guidance 

February 21, 2023HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The DME MACs have published an updated FAQ to provide additional guidance related to the new local coverage determination for home oxygen therapy.  The FAQ comprises 25 questions related to continued need, the new N modifiers and more.  AAHomecare highlighted the following questions in a bulletin:  1. Is an initial F2F evaluation required?  Answer: While there’s no formal requirement in the NCD or LCD, good medical practice would dictate...

Home Oxygen Therapy, Local Coverage Determination (LCD)


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Vendors

Inogen meets expectations in Q4 

January 10, 2023HME News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. – Inogen estimates preliminary, unaudited total revenue of $87.5 million to $88.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, representing year-over-year growth of 14.5% to 15.8%.  It estimates total revenue of $376.7 million to $377.7 million for the full year, representing year-over-year growth of 5.2% to 5.5%.  “Despite the prevailing macroeconomic pressures and headwinds resulting from our efforts to continue upgrading the operating disciplines in our DTC...

Home Oxygen Therapy, Inogen, respiratory care


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