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Survey: Cost of doing business puts pressure on providers

May 12, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The cost of delivering home medical equipment continues to rise, according to the results of a new survey from VGM & Associates.  The survey of nearly 100 HME providers in eight regions of the U.S. looked at the increase in cost of goods, employee wages and freight, as well as cost of delivery per mile, PPE and average wages.   “While I suspected the various costs and related factors in securing appropriate HME delivery services would increase –...

Cost, Delivery, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Mark Higley, VGM Government Relations

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What will Round 2 re-compete look like?

October 30, 2015HME News Staff

ATLANTA - Mark Higley laid to bare his predictions for the upcoming Round 2 re-compete during a session at Medtrade last week.Higley, vice president of regulatory affairs at the VGM Group, says that the next round of competitive bidding, scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2016, will see more contract offers, with fewer to out-of-state providers and low-ball bidders.Higley based his findings on surveys of hundreds of HME providers that submitted bids as part of the program, and data requests to CMS.The...

Competitive Bidding, Mark Higley

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2020 vision: Leaders will thrive

December 22, 2014Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ATLANTA - The number of HME providers has shrunk and those left standing will have to find their niche in the changing healthcare market, said VGM's Mark Higley.There are 95,000 current PTANs and of those, 11,300 belong to HME providers, he said.“The numbers are thinning but it's not Armageddon,” said Higley, vice president of regulatory affairs, during a session Wednesday morning at Medtrade.The number will continue to shrink, despite the exploding demand for HME services. Although a...

Alan Morris, Mark Higley

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VGM offers re-compete seminar

June 26, 2012HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group will travel to the nine cities included in Round 1 of competitive bidding to give seminars on the re-compete program scheduled to kick off this fall.During the daylong seminars, VGM's bidding expert Mark Higley will cover all facets of the re-compete, including registering for the program, submitting bids and filing hard copy documents. He will also cover strategies and pitfalls.Attendees will receive take-home CDs that include various preparation “tools”...

Competitive Bidding, Mark Higley, re-compete

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