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Disaster Preparedness: Form a team

September 7, 2022Emily Harken

Q. How do I prepare my business for a natural disaster?  A. The key is being proactive and not reactive.  There are many responsibilities a business must maintain. One of those should be routinely updating your emergency preparedness/disaster plan because disaster waits for no one and can hit at any moment. It is also imperative for those who serve oxygen patients or any other life-saving devices to keep updated records of the patient information.   Here are a few other tips:  Schedule...

Emily Harken, Home Medical Equipment, VGM Government Relations

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Updated cost study addresses pressure sores, incontinence, diabetes 

July 21, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – For every $1 CMS invests in DME and supplies to prevent pressure sores, it will see a return of $38.54 in reduced or avoided treatment costs, according to an updated study from VGM Government Relations and Leitten Consulting.  DME and supplies to prevent pressure sores was one of three new categories included in the study. The others: catheters and related urological supplies, and diabetic test strips and monitors.  “As CMS forced prices down and treatment...

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VGM launches legislative tracker 

March 14, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Government Relations has added a new feature to its website that tracks state and federal legislation. In 2020, VGM purchased the Fiscal Note program to track DME and women’s health issues by keyword searches and over the past year it has been working on a product that it could share with members and state and regional associations. The Legislative Tracker allows users to select a state from a map to see a list of DME-related bills and links with more information....

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Quinlan’s Pharmacy hosts candidate

November 23, 2021HME News Staff

MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. – Quinlan’s Pharmacy in November hosted an event with Joe Sempolinksi, who is running to replace Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., who is not seeking another term in 2022. John Quinlan and other stakeholders discussed their concerns, including the need to extend reimbursement for non-rural and rural areas, and to establish new rates for competitive bid areas due to increased costs of equipment, PPE, surcharges and labor. “I was very impressed with candidate Sempolinski...

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‘Take the patient’ 

February 19, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa – For HME providers, the need for information and confirmation on waivers related to the public health emergency has ebbed and flowed with surges in COVID-19 cases, says Ronda Buhrmester of VGM Government Relations.  “Back in the spring, the hotspots were big cities and they were the ones dealing with the impact of the pandemic, while other areas were not,” said Buhrmester, senior director of payer relations....

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VGM has ‘proactive’ meeting with new member of Congress

January 26, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group hosted a socially distanced and masked-up meeting with newly elected member of Congress, Ashley Hinson, at its corporate headquarters on Jan. 25. Rep. Hinson, R-Iowa, met with VGM senior leadership, as well as John Gallagher, Tom Powers and Emily Harkin of the Government Relations team. The group discussed concerns within the HME industry, primarily decreased reimbursement rates and regulatory burdens. “The discussion was constructive, and both parties were...

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VGM debuts State Leaders Summit

February 4, 2020HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Government Relations team hosted more than 20 state and regional association leaders at its headquarters here in late January to network and strategize as part of an inaugural State Leaders Summit.Among the key issues identified at the Summit: membership retention, Medicare rural reimbursement rates and Medicaid managed care organizations.“We couldn't ask for a better group of folks,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates. “There was so much...

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