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On the state front lines

May 5, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - Rose Schafhauser and Beth Bowen both manage multiple state and regional HME associations and had to cancel popular events in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a difficult decision, but soon after, Schafhauser and Bowen were consumed with being a clearinghouse for COVID-19 information in multiple states. Here's some of what they were experiencing in late March.Essential businessesWith different states taking different approaches to business closures, one of the first...

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Minnesota backpedals on incontinence program

September 5, 2018HME News Staff

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's Department of Human Services has tabled its plan to implement a preferred provider program for incontinence supplies after MAMES was granted a temporary restraining order on Aug. 24, according to a press release. The program, which was opposed by medical suppliers, disability advocates and the governor, would have awarded a single contract to provide incontinence supplies to Medicaid beneficiaries. “This program posed a mortal risk to dozens of Minnesota small...

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MAMES provides wrap up

May 18, 2018HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment & Supplies drew its largest crowd for its most recent spring conference since 2011. The conference, held April 25-27, also drew rave reviews from attendees (a perfect 4.0 rating) and exhibitors (100% rated it the best state or regional show), according to the association. At the conference, Frannie Green of Total Respiratory & Rehab in Nebraska, and Patrick Naeger of Healthcare Equipment & Supplies in Missouri won Provider of the Year...

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Home mods providers now have nat'l org

December 29, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

DULUTH, Minn. - In another nod that it's a specialized but growing market, the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services has opened up its Home Modification Accessibility Committee to providers nationwide.At press time, the committee had 14 members, including new members from Arizona, Mississippi and California, according to Rose Schafhauser, executive director of MAMES.“It's a great opportunity to network in such a specific area,” she said, “which is extremely helpful...

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Bid bill update: Co-sponsors pile on

November 17, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders have kicked efforts to gather co-sponsors for H.R. 4229 into high gear and have no plans of slowing down, they say.Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., introduced the legislation Nov. 2, with 53 original co-sponsors. At press time, there were 75 total co-sponsors.“Right now, this is a good grassroots opportunity to show that there is an urgent need and a feeling in Congress that we have to fix this problem long term,” said Tom Ryan, president...

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Providers running out of ways to make biz work

June 24, 2016Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - If a second round of Medicare reimbursement cuts goes into effect as planned, a number of HME providers plan to stop taking assignment on certain products.“There's a high likelihood that we'll go unassigned on a lot of things,” said Amy Schmidt, a partner at Midwest Medical in Watertown, S.D. “We can't afford to do a lot of what we do at these decreased rates.”Medicare already reduced reimbursement by about 25% in non-bid areas on Jan. 1. It plans to cut...

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Medicare Advantage plan backs off

October 22, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

STILLWATER, Minn. - A Medicare Advantage plan in Minnesota that sought to do business only with contract suppliers from Medicare's competitive bidding program has backed off.Two providers in the state had notified the Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services that they had received a letter from the plan outlining the change.“They didn't hear back, so basically, they dropped the issue,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive director of MAMES. “And we haven't had it pop up again.”Stakeholders...

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Handi Medical gets therapists on record

March 20, 2015Tracy Orzel

ST. PAUL, Minn. - HME provider Handi Medical Supply in February gave healthcare professionals a chance to speak out against the effects of competitive bidding on Medicare beneficiaries.At the 18th annual Handi Conference in St. Paul, Minn., Rose Schafhauser, executive director of Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES), sat down with OTs, PTs, case managers and respiratory care practitioners to talk about their opinions and experiences with the program.“Every single one of...

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Stakeholders warn state lawmakers on bidding supplies

March 28, 2014Leah Hoenen

WASHINGTON - A recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report calls on CMS to urge states to cut costs on incontinence supplies, and the agency agreed. Industry stakeholders warn that could lead to an expansion of competitive bidding.Released in January, the report found Medicaid fee-for-service programs spent $266 million on disposable incontinence supplies in 2012, but they could have saved $62 million, or 23%, by using median competitive bidding prices, a move that five states have already made.Competitive...

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Providers avoid shortened timeframe

December 20, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - It looks like the timeframe for responding to initial documentation requests as part of the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program will stand at 75 days.CMS had planned to shorten the timeframe to 60 days, but Kim Brummett, senior director of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare, confirmed last week that the agency has tabled its plans indefinitely.“I received word from the CERT coordinator that the change in the timeframe has been placed on hold until further notice,”...

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