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In brief: ResMed buys remote monitoring company, investor funds nat’l rollout for orthotics 

June 5, 2024HME News Staff

HARROGATE, United Kingdon – Inhealthcare, which provides remote monitoring and virtual wards to support the treatment of 4 million patients across the U.K., has been bought by ResMed, according to TheBusinessDesk.com, a regional business news website. “By joining forces, we will be able to expand service offerings, scale operations and extend impact on patient care throughout the U.K.,” Inhealthcare CEO Bryn Sage told TheBusinessDesk in a statement. Inhealthcare generated revenues...

Orthotics, Patient monitoring, ResMed


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SeaFort helps fund rollout of nat’l platform for orthotics 

June 4, 2024HME News Staff

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – SeaFort Capital has made a majority investment in The Médicus Group which represents Mable Health’s first investment in the orthotics, prosthetics and mobility aids industry. Mable Health acquired Médicus from Metro and the Bleau family. “We are very excited to be partnered with SeaFort Capital and to support the growth of the Mable Health business,” said Michel Lanctôt, a general manager at Medicus who will now serve as president...

Investment, Medicus Group, Orthotics, Private Equity, SeaFort


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In brief: Orthotics fraud, Medicare Advantage data, Kalogon seed 

May 31, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General says there are still issues related to CMS’s oversight of off-the-shelf braces, including providers that ordered braces for enrollees for whom there was no history of a treating relationship.  The OIG also found new suppliers located in geographic areas with known Medicare fraud; Medicare paid more than private payers for OTS braces; and suppliers used prohibited solicitation to contact enrollees.  “These issues continue...

Kalogon, Medicare Advantage, Orthotics


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OIG: Medicare remains vulnerable to orthotics fraud 

May 30, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Office of Inspector General says there are still issues related to CMS’s oversight of off-the-shelf braces, including providers that ordered braces for enrollees for whom there was no history of a treating relationship.  The OIG also found new suppliers located in geographic areas with known Medicare fraud; Medicare paid more than private payers for OTS braces; and suppliers used prohibited solicitation to contact enrollees.  “These issues continue...

Fraud, Medicare, Orthotics


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OPGA members gain access to more education

April 18, 2024HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa— OPGA members can now access 20 complimentary CE courses through VGM Education. “OPGA is very grateful to have worked with VGM Education to expand this educational offering to serve our members’ need for education while also enhancing the value of OPGA membership,” says Adam Miller, president of OPGA. “This offering is an exclusive benefit for OPGA members and adds significant value to membership.” Worth more than $1,000, these courses are intended...

Orthotic & Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA), Orthotics, VGM Education


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O&P stakeholders push ‘goodwill’ bill 

April 5, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – O&P stakeholders will use an upcoming policy forum to press lawmakers to support legislation that will enable patients to receive high-quality care by, among other things, prohibiting “drop shipping.”  The Medicare Orthotics and Prosthetics Patient-Centered Care Act was re-introduced in the Senate in March, just ahead of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s 2024 Policy Forum, which takes place April 15-16 in Washington. It’s a companion...

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Assoc (AOPA), Drop Shipping, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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OPGA, Össur name award recipients 

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OPGA, Össur name award recipients 

March 12, 2024HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - OPGA and Össur Americas have named Matthew Jones as the 2024 recipient of the Russell Walker CP, LP Emerging Leader Grant, and Kelley Berk as the 2024 recipient of the Todd Eagen Advocacy in Action Memorial Grant. “On behalf of Össur and OPGA, we are privileged to announce Matthew and Kelley as the recipients of these two grants that will provide professional development opportunities for the future leaders of O&P while memorializing the impact that Rusty Walker and...

Award, Grant, Orthotic & Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA), Orthotics, Ossur, Prosthetics


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Florida man pleads guilty of $3.6M scheme 

March 5, 2024HME News Staff

TRENTON, N.J. – Steve Chicoye of Orlando, Fla., has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to U.S. Attorney’s District of New Jersey. According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Chicoye and his conspirators solicited and received kickbacks and bribes in exchange for providing DME companies with completed doctors’ orders for medically unnecessary DME, such as orthotic braces. Chicoye and his conspirators utilized...

Braces, Medicare fraud, Orthotics


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Joe McTernan

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Proposal increases access to ‘technological leap forward’ 

February 16, 2024Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – O&P stakeholders hailed a new proposal by CMS to expand coverage of microprocessor-controlled knees for certain K2 patients, something they say is long overdue.  Under the proposed changes, the agency will no longer limit the technology to patients classified as K3 and above.    “When this technology first came about in the in the 90s, it was really marketed and touted as kind of like the next technological leap forward for patients,” said Joe McTernan,...

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Assoc (AOPA), Joe McTernan, microprocessor-controlled knees, Orthotics, Prosthetics


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In brief: Senators push oxygen template, DME MACs publish supplies guidance

February 9, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., urge CMS to adopt a standardized template instead of a medical record review to ensure access to supplemental oxygen for patients.   In a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the senators state:  “We ask that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remove barriers for patient access to supplemental oxygen by establishing clear requirements for determining the medical necessity...

3D printing, Home medical supplies, Home Oxygen, National Home Infusion Association (NHIA), Orthotics, Template, VGM & Associates


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