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Stakeholders seek input on emergency preparedness

October 26, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM, state and regional HME associations and other stakeholders have launched a survey to help guide an Emergency Preparedness for Home Medical Equipment Suppliers Committee that was formed earlier this year.  Information from the 10-question survey on provider experiences during disasters will be collected and sent to appropriate officials who may be able to assist with improved processes and programs. Committee members have already met with Tangita Daramola,...

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VGM calls for presentations

October 25, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM is now accepting proposals from prospective speakers for its annual Heartland Conference. Organizers are looking for speakers to offer their expertise on a variety of topics, including respiratory, business leadership and people strategies, rehab, billing and reimbursement, business operations, retail, sales and marketing, home accessibility and audits. “Each year our goal is to offer better education than the year before and fill our education tracks with a robust...

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VGM, Leitten update bid study

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VGM, Leitten update bid study

October 19, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Government Relations, in conjunction with Brian Leitten and Leitten Consulting, has released an updated study analyzing efforts by CMS to control distribution of DME. The study, “Competitive Bidding – A Decade Focused on the Wrong Prize. The Case for Medicare Investment in DME in 2021,” looks at how competitive bidding generated savings and reduced fraud but missed an even larger opportunity to invest in DME. “The costs that CMS saved over a...

Competitive Bidding, Leitten Consulting, VGM


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HME Woman of the Year nominations open, but act fast

October 12, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – Nominations for the 2021 HME Woman of the Year Award are now open. The sixth annual award, presented by VGM, recognizes a woman in the industry who has made increasingly significant contributions throughout her career to her company, community, and the home medical equipment industry.  “The HME Woman of the Year Award honors exceptional leaders in our industry,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates. “Whether through advocacy, sharing...

Clint Geffert, HME Woman of The Year, Home Medical Equipment, VGM


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CMS sunsets CMN for home oxygen

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CMS sunsets CMN for home oxygen

October 1, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS on Sept. 27 posted a final national coverage determination for home oxygen, but now industry stakeholders must “wait and see” what the DME Medicare Administrative Contractors do with the changes.  While the effective date of the NCD is technically Sept. 27, it won’t be implemented until a later date, when the DME MACs update their local coverage determinations.  “There are a lot of positives here, and we will wait and see,” says...

aahomecare, CMN, home oxygen NCD, Kim Brummett, Ronda Buhrmester, VGM


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Tsunami of rising costs impacting DME supplier community

October 1, 2021HME News Staff

There are a myriad of challenges facing DME/HME providers, not the least of which is a sharp increase in costs pertaining to several facets of their business. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, PPE, fuel, vehicle and labor costs have risen sharply. Several major DME manufacturers have now announced yet another round of surcharges that have been or will be implemented. In other industries, when a surcharge or price increase is incurred, the cost is passed to the end user purchasing that product....

Craig Douglas, Home Medical Equipment, VGM


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DMEScripts adds muscle behind e-prescribing

September 24, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

INDIANAPOLIS – The founding investors behind DMEscripts believe their unique alliance will make a big difference in selling referral sources on e-prescribing, an obstacle to adoption so far.  Apria Healthcare, Lincare, AdaptHealth and Rotech Healthcare, along with AAHomecare and VGM & Associates, launched DMEscripts, an industry backed e-prescribing platform that’s open to any provider, in September.  “That’s the thesis under the whole thing,” said Dan...

aahomecare, Apria, DMEScripts, e-prescribing, Home Medical Equipment, VGM


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In brief: Increasing costs, Netflix fame, Verma appointment

September 24, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM & Associates has sent a letter asking CMS, at minimum, to pay all HME providers in non-rural areas, including those in the 130 competitive bidding areas, the 75/25 blended reimbursement rates to help them offset increasing costs.  “Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, acquisition costs for many products have been rising steadily in the form of incremental price increases,” writes Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates in the Sept. 8 letter....

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Heartland Conference: It’s a wrap

September 16, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM welcomed nearly 1,000 guests for its 20th annual Heartland Conference this week.  The conference, which is usually held in June, was moved to September to help ensure health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers took precautions like moving all social events outdoors and requiring masks indoors.  “As leaders in the health care industry, we wanted to do everything we could, taking all proper precautions, to help keep everyone safe during...

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In brief: Bacteria filters, buying preferences, home infusion bill

August 13, 2021HME News Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Philips does not recommend using bacteria filters with CPAP/BiLevel devices as a means of mitigating chemical emission or particulate matter, it says in a new document related to a recent recall.  “Due to an influx of questions, additional information is being provided about the use of bacteria filters with CPAP/BiLevel devices,” the company states. “According to FDA regulation 868.5260, bacteria filters are medical devices that are intended to remove...

aahomecare, AdaptHealth, NCPA, PAMs, Philips Recall, VGM


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