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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

Mobility

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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HHS extends PHE

April 20, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has extended the public health emergency for another 90 days.  The PHE, which was set to expire April 21, is now good through July 21. The PHE was initially declared on Jan. 31.  There are a number of HME-related provisions that are tied to the PHE, including Medicare’s 75/25 blended reimbursement rates for non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas, and waivers of...

Public Health Emergency, Respiratory Therapy, Telehealth


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Specialty Providers

Pandemic solidifies role of telemedicine in sleep care, according to new paper

April 5, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – Sleep medicine has proven to be a specialty that can offer complete and quality care remotely, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a recently published position paper.  While the technology to remotely connect doctor and patient has been in place for years, its use was limited until the pandemic, when CMS lifted restrictions on telehealth reimbursement and private companies followed suit.  “Delivering care during the pandemic...

American Academy of Sleep Medicine, position paper, sleep care, Telehealth, telemedicine


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The CPAP Shop, Sleep Care take diagnosis, treatment fully remote

April 5, 2021HME News Staff

NEW YORK – The CPAP Shop, an online retailer of sleep equipment, and Sleep Care online, a national sleep telemedicine services provider, have partnered to expand access to their solutions. Through the partnership, patients will have access to technology to diagnose sleep disorders, have one-on-one virtual consultations with board-certified sleep physicians and receive prescriptions for sleep therapy through Sleep Care online; and they will have access to customized recommendations...

CPAP Therapy, obstructive sleep apnea, remote care, Sleep Care online, Sleep Coaches, Telehealth, The CPAP Shop


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MedPAC on certain DME: Stick to in-person visits post-PHE

March 16, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommends requiring clinicians to provide a face-to-face visit before they order high-cost DME or high-cost clinical lab tests in a March 2021 report to Congress.  The group recommends that CMS should, after the public health emergency, require clinicians to provide a face-to-face, in-person visit with a beneficiary on the date they order a high-cost DME product or lab test for that beneficiary or within six months before...

face-to-face visits, Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, MedPac, Telehealth


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Greg Packer

Mobility

U.S. Rehab publishes white paper on telehealth

February 23, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – U.S. Rehab has posted a white paper called “Telehealth for Complex Rehab: Is it Effective?” to its website.  “Telehealth has been a great tool for complex rehab technology professionals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab. “But what we have seen is that telehealth should be available to use outside of the public health emergency.”  U.S. Rehab notes that studies have indicated that...

Complex Rehab, Telehealth, U.S. Rehab


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Oventus reports significant growth

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Oventus reports significant growth

February 22, 2021HME News Staff

BRISBANE, Australia – Oventus Medical has booked revenues of $550,232 for the six-month period ended Dec. 31, a 192% increase over the prior period. The company credits growth driven by lab-in-lab sites that remained operational during the pandemic, continuing to scan patients; an expansion of the telehealth extension of the lab-in-lab program; and an increase in direct sales to dentists who delivered treatments in their own practices, as well as through lab-in-lab programs. “We...

Financial Results, obstructive sleep apnea, Oventus Medical, Telehealth


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