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Cara Masselink

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Survey ‘visualizes’ telehealth’s benefits

July 16, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – The Clinician Task Force has collected more than 40 completed surveys that stakeholders will use to educate Congress and other policy makers on the importance of physical and occupational therapists retaining the ability to provide telehealth services.  The survey, distributed in collaboration with NCART, will remain open as needed, says Cara Masselink, executive director of the CTF.  “We have a great variety of examples to pull from that describe the...

clinician task force, Complex Rehab, Telehealth


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Telehealth: Consider RPM monitoring

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Telehealth: Consider remote patient monitoring

July 7, 2021Curt Merriman

Q. Is there an opportunity for me to provide remote patient monitoring?  A.The HME industry has always had innovators and care providers interested in providing health care services that improve a patient’s quality of life in their homes. At the same time, payers continuously ratchet the fee schedules downward. Remote physiological monitoring can be a game changer.  While not officially recognized by CMS as telehealth, RPM does have four primary CPT codes (99453m 99454,...

Curt Merriman, rtNow, Telehealth


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Curt Merriman

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Telehealth: Look outside the box

June 8, 2021Curt Merriman

Q. How can I grow my home ventilation program?  A. In part 1 of this series, I talked about “raising some eyebrows in a good way.” The topic was remote PAP setups. Let’s continue with remote ventilator follow-ups. The RT labor shortage has hit HME companies particularly hard, so looking “outside the box” for solutions is certainly a good idea.  Removing barriers to success is essential for providing telehealth in the home setting. This is important whether...

Curt Merriman, rtNow, Telehealth


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In brief: Labor shortage, telehealth survey, Belluscura’s listing

June 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eighty percent of independent pharmacists are having trouble hiring for open positions, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association.  What’s more, nearly 90% of survey respondents say they can’t find pharmacy technicians, a critical position.  “This is a major challenge for community pharmacies that are seeing many more patients because of the pandemic,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist. “Finding...

Bellascura, National Community Pharmacist Association, NCART, Rehab Medical, Telehealth


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Stakeholders launch telehealth survey

June 1, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Clinician Task Force and NCART have launched a survey to collect data and examples that can be used to educate Congress and other policy makers on the importance of physical and occupational therapists retaining the ability to provide telehealth services.  “These folks need to hear real-life examples of how PT and OT telehealth has been a benefit to people with disabilities who use CRT, so they can understand the need to designate PTs and OTs as permanent...

NCART, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Public Health Emergency, Telehealth, The Clinician Task Force


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Jury charges four for scheme involving telehealth, braces

June 1, 2021HME News Staff

GROVE CITY, Ohio – A federal grand jury has returned a 24-count indictment charging four individuals for their roles in an alleged fraud scheme that led to more than $20 million in false claims to the Medicare program, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Two defendants, Elizabeth Baljak and Megan Ilg are accused of signing prescriptions for medical braces regardless of medical necessity, without a physical exam and frequently without any contact...

braces, Fraud, Telehealth


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Telehealth: Break HME paradigms 

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Telehealth: Break HME paradigms 

May 12, 2021Curt Merriman

Q. What is driving the telehealth landscape?  A. The next four articles are going to raise some eyebrows - in a good way! For the last six years, I have been involved in empowering respiratory care in new and exciting ways, and I will paint a picture of the emerging HME/tele-respiratory landscape.  Let’s start with remote PAP set ups.    Along came a public health emergency: COVID-19. This took the HME industry into the uncharted...

Curt Merriman, rtNow, Telehealth


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AMC Health launches RPM program with BCBS 

May 12, 2021HME News Staff

NEW YORK – AMC Health will provide certain Medicare Advantage enrollees who have congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with Bluetooth monitoring devices to transmit real-time biometric data to its clinicians as part of a new partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.  Launching this program helps to better ensure that pre-acute exacerbations of...

AMC Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Remote Patient Monitoring, Telehealth


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Don Clayback

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NCART: Telehealth bill needs more support

April 23, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – NCART wants to ramp up support for a bill that would permanently expand access to telehealth services, including those provided by physical therapists and occupational therapists.  H.R. 2168, which was re-introduced by Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., on March 23, currently has 22 co-sponsors.  “The important thing for this bill is that it specifies PTs, OTs and SLPs need...

Complex Rehab, Don Clayback, NCART, Telehealth


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OIG: Most telehealth claims met requirements

April 23, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Medicare paid a total of $17.6 million for telehealth in 2015, compared with $61,302 in 2001, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG reviewed 191,118 Medicare paid distant-site telehealth claims, totaling $13.8 million, that did not have corresponding originating-site claims, and reviewed provider supporting documentation for a random sample of 100 claims. The OIG found that 69 of the 100 claims met requirements. Of those that did not, the biggest reason...

Medicare, Telehealth


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