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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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Bill introduced in Iowa addresses catheters made with DEHP

February 24, 2023HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic Iowa State Representative Josh Turek has introduced the Better Caths for Iowa Act (H.F. 387) to review the use and reimbursement of certain catheters under the Medicaid program, specifically urinary catheters made with the harmful chemical DEHP.   A four-time Paralympian who was born with spina bifida, Josh and his basketball team most recently brought home gold from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.    "Bladder cancer took the life of Dale Ericksen,...

Catheter, Iowa

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Journey into the heartland: A detour, a wrong-way turn and finally, a big Thumbs Up!

June 13, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Waterloo, Iowa, is 1,366.9 miles from Portland, Maine, if you're driving. I'm not sure how far it is as the crow (or in this case, Delta) flies, but two 2-hour plane flights, and an hour's drive in a rental car with Siri's help (she pronounces it water-LOO) and we made it to our hotel tired and hungry but relatively unscathed. Then we got lost on the tiny drive to the Heartland hog roast. I'd like to blame Siri, but who knows how we wound up meandering through the local neighborhoods...

Heartland Conference, Iowa, Waterloo

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Iowa: Providers fear managed care lock out

December 22, 2015Tracy Orzel

DES MOINES, Iowa - Stakeholders in Iowa say they have a number of concerns about the upcoming transition to IA Health Link, a new Medicaid managed care program, slated for Jan. 1, 2016.Iowa's Department of Human Services in October finalized contracts to administer the plan with four managed care organizations (MCOs): Amerigroup Iowa, AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, WellCare of Iowa, and UnitedHealthcare Plan of the River Valley.While the MCOs are required to work with existing Medicaid...

Iowa, Managed Care

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July 22, 2010Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

DES MOINES - A handful of dedicated providers here successfully beat back a proposal to competitively bid HME and supplies in June. “We made it go away at least for a year,” said Terry Flatt, Iowa state chairman for the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) and executive vice president of Hammer Medical Supply in Des Moines. A report released in December suggested that a bidding program would save $4.1 million over five years. But in April, providers learned...

Competitive Bidding, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Iowa, Medicaid, Supplies

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