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In brief: Telemedicine and sleep, Medtrade West registration, Heartland lineup

April 8, 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 has proven to providers and insurers...

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VGM announces Heartland lineup 

April 8, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has announced the schedule for its annual Heartland Conference, which will take place in person this year on Sept. 13-15.    The two-day event, which will also feature a virtual component, will span about 70 education sessions on topics ranging from respiratory to accessibility to rehab to leadership to operations to sales and marketing to billing...

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Show organizers gear up for Medtrade West, Medtrade East

April 6, 2021HME News Staff

PHOENIX – Registration is officially open for Medtrade West, scheduled for July 12-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center.  SmartSaver rates, good through April 17, mean $25 for an Expo Pass and $99 for a Conference pass (which also includes access to the Expo).  “It’s been a long road to get to this moment when we can confidently offer registration for an in-person show,” said York Schwab, associate show director, Medtrade West and Medtrade East,...

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Council takes in win 

April 2, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s Regulatory Council always has a list of challenges it’s working on, but it was nice during its most recent meeting to have something to celebrate: the removal of the budget neutrality requirement for home oxygen therapy.  The change, long-fought for by the industry, will result in a 10% increase in reimbursement, on average, for competitive bidding areas; a 5.1% increase for non-rural areas; and a 4.9% increase for rural...

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In brief: CMS guidance, Convatec acquisition, Drive CEO

April 2, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period, in anticipation of possible congressional action to extend the moratorium on the 2% sequestration cuts.  “This will minimize the volume of claims the MACs must reprocess if Congress extends the suspension,” CMS wrote in a March 30 bulletin. “The MACs will automatically reprocess any claims paid with the...

Braze Mobility, complex rehab, ConvaTec, Cure Medical, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Home Medical Equipment, Invacare, Merits, Oventus Medical


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CMS provides guidance on 2% cut 

March 31, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to hold all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2021, for a short period, in anticipation of possible congressional action to extend the moratorium on the 2% sequestration cuts.  “This will minimize the volume of claims the MACs must reprocess if Congress extends the suspension,” CMS wrote in a March 30 bulletin. “The MACs will automatically reprocess any claims paid with the...

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OIG: States not reporting accurate managed care data 

March 31, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Most states did not provide complete or accurate payment data on managed care payments to the CMS Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS), which provides oversight of the Medicaid program, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General.  The data include the amounts paid, billed and allowed for every service provided to Medicaid enrollees, including those services provided through managed care, the primary delivery system for...

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Sequestration cuts: Moratorium set to continue

March 30, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Senate on March 25 overwhelmingly passed a compromise bill that would extend the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequestration cuts through Dec. 31, 2021, according to industry stakeholders.   “This legislation now will head back to the House for passage prior to being sent to President Biden’s desk,” VGM wrote in a bulletin.   The vote follows the House of Representatives passing H.R. 1868, a bill to extend the moratorium through Dec....

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Remote monitoring: Separate payment may be 'more viable' now

March 29, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

HME providers should use CMS’s openness to telehealth during the public health emergency as an opportunity to highlight the remote patient monitoring they’re doing and to lobby for separate reimbursement, Andrea Stark and Jeff Baird say.   “That may have more viability as an area we can get traction on, with the evolution of telehealth and remote patient monitoring,” said Stark, a reimbursement consultant at MiraVista, during a webcast in February.   CMS...

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Provider Regina Gillispie on sharing the pain

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Provider Regina Gillispie on sharing the pain

March 26, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – What has it been like to be a respiratory provider in a largely rural state during the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic? “It’s been very scary,” says Regina Gillispie, president and owner of Best Home Medical in Barboursville, W.Va.  Hear how Gillispie, a recent guest on the HME News in 10 podcast, is trying to share the pain with her members of Congress on social media, to the point where she jokes, “I’m...

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