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N.C., Va. groups merge

January 27, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

CARY, N.C. - The move by two state associations to form one regional association follows larger industry trends of consolidation.In November, the Virginia Association of Durable Medical Equipment Companies (VADMEC) and the North Carolina Association of Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) combined to form the Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Suppliers (ACMESA).“We've been talking about it for some time and finally pulled the trigger,” said Beth Bowen, who was the executive director of...

Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Svc Assn (ACMESA), Beth Bowen, NCAMES, VADMEC

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In brief: CMS names nat'l RAC for DME, whistleblower drops lawsuit against Lincare

November 4, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS has tapped Performant Recovery to perform post-payment reviews of Medicare claims for DMEPOS and home health/hospice nationwide. The other RACs awarded contracts will perform post-payment reviews to identify and correct Medicare claims that contain improper payments that were made under Part A and Part B for all provider types other than DMEPOS. Performant Recovery also won that contract for Region 1. Cotiviti won contracts for Region 2 and 3, and HMS Federal Solutions won a contract...

Atlantic Coast Medical Equipment Svc Assn (ACMESA), Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Lincare, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), National RAC, NCAMES, Performant Recovery, VADMEC

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Short takes: Hollister, NCAMES

May 20, 2016HME News Staff

Hollister has hired medical device veteran Carolin Archibald as vice president, U.S. and Canada, to lead the company's ostomy, continence care and critical care businesses. In this newly created position, Archibald will also oversee the company's Secure Start services and key accounts organizations in the U.S. and Canada. She was most recently president of Medela in the U.S., where she led more than 700 employees in sales, marketing, business development, R&D, operations, quality management, regulatory...

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N.C. battles insurance cuts

January 5, 2016HME News Staff

RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina Association of Medical Equipment Services has retained legal representation to fight back against Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's plan to reduce their reimbursement rates to 25% below the 2016 Medicare rural fee schedule, or, where necessary, 25% below the non-rural state fee schedule, according to a bulletin from the association. In December, NCAMES asked to freeze pricing at the 2015 fee schedule after the insurer announced the change, which BCBS said...


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Rep. Ellmers visits provider

October 10, 2014HME News Staff

DUNN, N.C. - Family Medical Supply hosted Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., on Oct. 7. About 75 attendees, including providers and representatives from industry manufacturers and associations, discussed the effects of competitive bidding and audits. “The longer we can keep patients in the home and healthy, the better for saving Medicare dollars and the better for the patients overall well-being," said Ellmers. In July, Ellmers introduced H.R. 5083, which seeks to improve the audit process. It currently...

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Short takes: Well done edition

July 2, 2014HME News Staff

The North Carolina Association of Medical Equipment Services (NCAMES) has recognized Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., with its “Champion of the Industry” award. Ellmers is expected to introduce a bill to reform the audit program. The award was presented during the association's summer meeting June 25-27…Pediatric Home Service (PHS) was named a Top 100 Minnesota Workplace for the fourth year in a row. The Star Tribune also honored PHS with a Meaningfulness Award based on employee reporting.

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Good deed creates hoop-la

January 16, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - Provider Ed Dressen found himself in the spotlight this week, just for doing his job.On Jan. 12, right after the buzzer sounded on North Carolina State's close win over No. 1-ranked Duke University, student Will Privette, along with hundreds of other fellow Wolfpack fans, rushed the court—in his wheelchair. Caught in the crush, Privette and his wheelchair were toppled.“I was actually watching the game at home and saw him sitting out front, and then the announcers...

Competitive Bidding, Dressen Medical Supply, Home Medical Equipment (HME), NCAMES, will privette

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Executive Session

Congratulations, Beth Bowen

June 12, 2009Mike Moran

There are a lot of great state HME associaton executive directors out there, but none more dedicated than Beth Bowen, who leads the North Carolina Association for Medical Equipment Suppliers (NCAMES). That's why it was nice to see Beth's hard work on behalf of HME providers—both in and outside N.C.—recognized this week by the Association Executives of North Carolina, which awarded Beth its Outstanding CEO Award for 2008-2009. The award is the association's highest honor for an association...

Competitive Bidding, Executive Session, NCAMES, VADMEC, Wall Street Journal

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