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In brief: Noridian named new SMRC contractor, Bachenheimer opens DC office for Brown & Fortunato

March 23, 2018HME News Staff

FARGO, N.D. - Noridian Healthcare Solutions has been awarded a $227 million Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) contract by CMS. The primary role of the SMRC is to conduct nationwide medical review of Part A, Part B and DME providers as directed by CMS. Its responsibility is to review medical records and related documentation to ensure that claims are processed in accordance with CMS guidelines. The SMRC contract was previously held by StrategicHealthSolutions. To support the new contract,...

Brown & Fortunato, Parachute Health, Permobil, SMRC, VGM homelink


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In brief: Complex rehab advocates speak up, study casts doubt on impact of CPAP therapy on cardiovascular events

September 2, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Two consumer organizations have sent letters to lawmakers urging them to pass bills that would permanently protect complex rehab accessories from competitive bid pricing.The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations, and the Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid Coalition (ITEM) sent letters to 10 senators and representatives, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority...

Aeroflow, Apria, Complex Rehab Accessories, CPAP, Cryogenic Solutions, Handicare, Inventory Solutions, Prism Medical, VGM homelink


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VGM assists Red Cross in Louisiana

August 31, 2016HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - VGM Homelink has used its network of HME providers and manufacturer partners to coordinate the delivery of 208 wheelchairs, first aid kits to accommodate 6,500 people and 130 service bells to shelters in areas affected by flooding in southern Louisiana. Homelink was asked by the American Red Cross to coordinate medical supplies to aid displaced flood victims. “Once we received the call from the Red Cross, our team dedicated to crisis situations began sourcing the requested...

Crisis Situation, Red Cross, VGM homelink


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In brief: ResMed launches program, Respira snags contract

October 10, 2014HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO - ResMed is launching Better Sleep for Women, a new initiative to educate women about the importance of sleep, it announced recently. A recent ResMed survey of 500 women ages 40-65 found that fewer than 20% believed they need to make improvements in the quality of sleep, according to a press release. It will focus on sleep as the third pillar of health, alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. The program will provide information, tips and resources about women and sleep through a...

Burmans Pharmacy, ResMed, Respira, VGM homelink


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New look at VGM Homelink

October 7, 2014HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - On the heels of its growth, VGM Homelink has rebranded and has a new logo, according to a press release. The managed care division of VGM, Homelink has doubled its size in three year. Homelink enables commercial insurance and workers' compensation programs to access HME and related services through its nationwide network of more than 11,000 independent providers. “We are ready for a new look to grow with us, but I want to emphasize that we are the same Homelink that focuses...

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Vendors

Talk up home sleep testing

September 25, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Even though HME providers can't conduct home sleep tests themselves, at least not when Medicare is the payer, they should still be very much vested in the success of the market, vendors say.Mark Sorrells, president and CEO of IDS, says providers are talking with their physician referral sources about the company's direct-to-patient mail delivery model for home sleep testing (HST). Their thinking: If they can make it convenient for the physician to order a test, they'll be more likely to get the referral...

Home Sleep Testing, ResMed, Sleep Therapy, VGM homelink


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'Pieces coming together' for HST

August 31, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - 2012 could end up being a watershed year for home sleep testing (HST), say vendors that have large stakes in the market.In the past year, several private payers like Humana and Wellpoint/Anthem have begun requiring preauthorizations for in-lab sleep tests, also know as polysomnography (PSG)—a move that has made home sleep tests more attractive to physicians, vendors say.“We estimate that, this fall, 65% to 70% of all covered lives under commercial plans will be under...

CPAP, Home Sleep Testing, ResMed, Sleep Apnea, VGM homelink


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