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In brief: Philips recall, Senate honor, NPWT bill

July 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – VGM has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite its approval process for a replacement foam for respiratory devices affected by the Philips recall.  “We are requesting accelerated approval from the FDA for this critical replacement component for approved technicians to rapidly start the process of replacing/repairing all recalled units,” states VGM in a letter to the agency.  Philips on June 14 announced a voluntary recall of certain...

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Conferences: Medtrade West 2022, MAMES

July 22, 2021HME News Staff

The deadline to submit proposals to present at Medtrade West 2022 is July 30. Show organizers seek submissions on topics for business operations, managed care payers, legal, retail, executive leadership and planning, and sales and marketing by solo presenters, panel discussions and collaborative teams. Medtrade West is scheduled for April 4-6, 2022, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Submit your proposal here…Registration is now open for the MAMES fall conference. “MAMES 2021: Together...

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In brief: Sequestration cuts, Better Health’s debut, NSM’s latest buy 

March 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts from March 31, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021.  H.R. 1868, which passed 246-175, would also exempt the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan from the statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, eliminating an additional 4% Medicare cut that would amount to about $36 billion in 2022.  On March 15, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.,...

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Minnesota: MAMES testifies on recoupments, Gov. rescinds vent cuts

March 24, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s Department of Human Services should not be able to recoup payments from DME providers for items provided prior to July 1, 2019, as part of the agency’s attempts to become compliant with the 21st Century Cures Act, says MAMES Executive Director Rose Schafhauser. She testified before the state’s Senate Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee via Zoom on March 22 on SF 1128, a bill...

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Minnesota: Budget includes DME cuts, but it lacks Senate support 

February 3, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s 2022-2023 budget recommendations include cuts to DME, according to a bulletin from MAMES. Specifically, the budget proposes changing the Medical Assistance reimbursement formula for durable medical equipment that is also covered by Medicare but is not currently subject to the upper payment limit to the equivalent of the Medicare rate. The state’s Department of Human Services estimates the...

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MAMES seeks feedback on prior auth delays 

January 27, 2021HME News Staff

MADISON, Wis. – MAMES requests examples from Michigan-based providers on situations were a prior authorization submitted for a traditionally non-covered item required more information, causing delays in patient access. As of Aug. 1, 2020, Wisconsin Medicaid removed the list of non-covered items from the DME service area of the Online Handbook in accordance with a federal statute. Since then, the MAMES Insurance Committee has been working on issues related to this change and...

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In brief: WellSky deal, Medtrade registration, Spiro CFO

October 16, 2020HME News Staff

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - WellSky is buying CarePort Health from Allscripts in a bid to improve patient care transitions across the continuum and drive better outcomes.  With the addition of CarePort, WellSky is positioned to manage the acute-care discharge process, track patients across post-acute care settings, apply patient and population level analytics, and support EMR-based care, the company says.  “Together with CarePort, WellSky will establish new, meaningful connections...

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Virtual reality: VGM, MAMES, AAHomecare

October 16, 2020HME News Staff

VGM is offering a low-cost virtual conference platform to help state associations hold virtual conferences. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to force associations to cancel in-person events, a primary source of income for many of them. “We are trying our best to fill the hole created by COVID-19,” said John Gallagher, vice president of government relations. “Online events can't compare to the in-person events, but we can certainly continue to learn, share ideas and network with each...

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MAMES virtual event gains steam

August 21, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

DULUTH, Minn. - With its annual events bringing in a “huge chunk” of revenues each year, MAMES has decided to go big with a virtual conference this fall. MAMES opened up its 2020 Midwest Conference & Exhibit Hall, scheduled for Oct. 6-9, to other associations and so far 13 covering at least 28 states have signed on. “If a state association wants to be part of it, we'll give them a stipend for every one of their member companies that registers,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive...

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MAMES transitions to virtual event in fall

July 23, 2020HME News Staff

DULUTH, Minn. - The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services has announced its 2020 Midwest Conference & Exhibit Hall will take place virtually Oct. 6-9. “The surging numbers of COVID-19 and the current social distancing and safety guidelines now in place preclude us from holding this event in a live setting,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive director. The event will include management and staff level training spread out over the course of four days, with rotating morning and...

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