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Provider Regina Gillispie on sharing the pain

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Provider Regina Gillispie on sharing the pain

March 26, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – What has it been like to be a respiratory provider in a largely rural state during the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic? “It’s been very scary,” says Regina Gillispie, president and owner of Best Home Medical in Barboursville, W.Va.  Hear how Gillispie, a recent guest on the HME News in 10 podcast, is trying to share the pain with her members of Congress on social media, to the point where she jokes, “I’m...

Coronavirus Outbreak, Home Medical Equipment, Regina Gillispie, rural providers


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'Right this wrong,' providers tell CMS

March 24, 2017Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - From Martha's Vineyard to the Pacific Northwest, rural HME providers are struggling to survive in a post-competitive bidding world, they told CMS officials during a call March 23.CMS was mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act to take into account stakeholder input on future pricing in non-bid areas, which got their first taste of the program in 2016.“We've been forced to dig into our personal savings to keep our business afloat this year and continue to provide much needed supplies...

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'Unreasonable' audits crippling providers, SBA told

July 22, 2015HME News Staff

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The impact of audits and competitive bidding on rural providers was on the agenda at a roundtable held by the Small Business Administration yesterday.HME providers and other stakeholders attended the roundtable discussion on Regulatory Enforcement Fairness and hosted by Brian Castro, SBA national ombudsman.“These unreasonable and excessive audits from CMS are crippling to durable medical equipment providers in Montana,” said Andrew Jeske, CEO of American Seating & Mobility...

ALJ backlog, bid expansion, rural providers, SBA hearing


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Bid pricing could force hands of providers in rural areas

July 25, 2014Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - If Medicare moves forward with plans to apply competitive bidding prices in remote areas of the country, providers there say they will have no choice but to stop accepting Medicare.“We have already come to the decision that if those numbers are put on us, we will stop taking Medicare,” said Paul Gammie, owner of Gammie Home Care, which has locations on the islands of Maui and Kauai in Hawaii. “We are already the last person standing on the island of Maui that's...

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Bid expansion: Rural providers look ahead with trepidation

April 4, 2014Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - In its service area in Montana, Harrington Surgical Supply is often the only game in town.“We have a salesperson once a week in some towns,” said Dan Harrington, owner of Harrington Surgical Supply in Butte, Mont. “If we didn't come, then nobody would.”That's likely to get worse if CMS applies competitive bidding payment amounts nationwide, something it is required to do by 2016 under the Affordable Care Act. In February, CMS published an advance notice of...

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Reporter's notebook: Hawaii's not paradise if you need HME

February 25, 2013Elizabeth Deprey

KAHULUI, Hawaii - When it comes time for providers here to say “aloha” to competitive bidding, provider Paul Gammie worries that service will become a thing of the past.“What's going to happen when Round 2 comes to these rural areas, which are already suffering and where patients are already doing without?” said Gammie, owner of Gammie Home Care, which has locations on the islands of Maui and Kauai.Hawaii has a population of 1.3 million spread mostly over eight main islands....

competitive bidding, Home Medical Equipment, rural providers


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Five lessons learned from an HME newbie

July 18, 2012HME News Staff

The following guest commentary expresses a few things that I have learned during my first six months in the HME industry. For some readers, what follows is surely well-known. Others may shake their heads in disagreement. But this commentary isn't really for them. This commentary is for those just entering the industry like me. 1. Rural providers, like my company Grace Healthcare, needn't follow the same business model as national providers. It is typical when entering a new and unfamiliar industry...

Branding, competitive bidding, consolidation, Retail, rural providers


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