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Florida Medicaid: FAHCS lawyers up

June 8, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fearing another Univita debacle, the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services has retained legal counsel to ensure that the state's Medicaid managed care contracts are aboveboard.In April, the Agency for Health Care Administration awarded contracts to 12 health plans in 11 regions, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Of concern to FAHCS and its members: Who will act as the third-party administrators, if any, for the health plans, and who will provide DME equipment and services?“We want...

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Univita assets sold

November 13, 2015HME News Staff

MIRAMAR, Fla. - A chunk of Univita Health's assets sold this week for $2.5 million. Just prior to a telephone auction on Nov. 11, the trustee for the provider's bankruptcy case accepted a bid from Integrated Home Care Investors. The assets include seven Florida locations, office equipment and furniture, supplies, HME inventory and a fleet of 90 vehicles. The sale is expected to close Nov. 16. The Miami-based Integrated Home Care is led by Jorge Pereda, a former CEO of All-Med Services of Florida,...

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Use Univita as a lightning rod for action

September 4, 2015HME News Staff

This is exactly the situation that we said would happen with this type of model that limits providers and limits access to care  (“Chaos erupts as Univita loses contracts”). We need to get this story out to Congress and to state Medicaids across the country. Our words mean nothing to them; however, the result of this bankruptcy should resonate loud and clear that the train needs to stop rolling down the track because the only light at the end of the tunnel is the train! We need to...

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Who's to blame for Univita's collapse?

September 3, 2015HME News Staff

I am reading the Univita story in the latest edition and something is missing or was lost in translation (“Chaos erupts as Univita loses biz,” p. 1, September 2015). Univita did not contract with AHCA (Agency for Healthcare Administration) who oversees the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC)—Managed Medical Assistance Program (MMA). Univita contracted with the various standard managed health care plans. I do not know if all the plans were using Univita, but many where. It is...

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Short takes: Point-of-Rental Software, Univita, VGM

July 14, 2015HME News Staff

Point-of-Rental Software, a Grand Prairie, Texas-based company offering rental and inventory management solutions to thousands of companies worldwide, including HME companies, was one of nine finalists competing for the Cloud Innovator of the Year title at the 2015 Cloud Innovation World Cup Awards on July 8. Held at Google headquarters in New York, the awards identified advancements in cloud computing, with the goal of fostering cutting-edge solutions. Point-of-Rental Cloud was chosen as a finalist...

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In brief: CMS rethinks miscellaneous codes, House votes to repeal medical device tax

June 26, 2015HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS is proposing new codes for miscellaneous DME to reflect more accurate payment of Medicare claims.HCPCS codes E1399 and K0108 are currently used to bill for inexpensive items; however, the agency proposes to replace them with new codes effective Jan. 1, 2016.The public is invited to submit electronic comments on the proposal until July 9, 2015.The proposed codes are:KXXX1: Durable medical equipment, miscellaneous, the purchase price does not exceed $150. Based on the average reasonable...

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Univita opens second pharmacy

June 23, 2015HME News Staff

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Univita Health is opening a second state-of-the-art infusion pharmacy in Orlando, Fla. The pharmacy, which will feature a sterile cleanroom specifically designed for compounding intravenous medications, will offer a wide range of infusion therapies, including IV antibiotics, total parenteral nutrition, pain management and enteral nutrition therapy. It will be located in Univita's distribution center and will serve a 100-mile radius. The company already has such a pharmacy in Miramar,...

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Short takes: Univita, NMEDA, RESNA

June 2, 2015HME News Staff

Univita Healthhas appointed Jack Greenman as CFO. Prior to joining Univita, Greenman served as executive vice president and CFO at Scott Holdings, where he managed assets after the sale of Vista Healthplans for $685 million…For the second year in a row, the National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association is a gold-level sponsor of RESNA's annual conference. The “New Frontiers in Assistive Technology” conference takes place June 10-14 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown…RESNA's Communication...

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Short takes: Univita, United Spinal

May 8, 2015HME News Staff

Univita Healthhas earned accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board of the Accreditation Commission for Health Care for sterile compounding of prescriptions. The accreditation is recognized as an independent audit of an organization's commitment to delivering quality care and services in compliance with nationally recognized (USP) 797 standards…The United Spinal Association has partnered with Myomo to raise awareness of the benefits of the MyoPro myoelectric upper limb orthosis....

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Univita launches in-home wound care program

March 13, 2015HME News Staff

MIRAMAR, Fla. - Univita Health's new wound care program aims to reduce costs and improving outcomes by managing at-risk patients and reducing hospital admissions. “Without Univita's interventions in providing proactive, specialized care for these complex, chronically ill patients, these individuals would have experienced hospitalizations and extensive surgery,” said Dr. Manny Selva, chief medical officer at Miramar, Fla.-based Univita in a release. Of those patients enrolled in the program:...

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