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DMEPOS proposed rule is on the move

October 19, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has sent the DMEPOS proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget for final review, AAHomecare reports.  A letter asking CMS to act on the rule, published a year ago, garnered 95 signatures last week from members of the House of Representatives, including champions on the influential Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees.  “Capitol Hill is starting to understand the market realities and new operational environment that suppliers...

AAHomcare, Competitive Bidding, DMEPOS Proposed Rule


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In brief: SoClean sues Philips, Better Health gets investment, Movair launches ventilator

October 15, 2021HME News Staff

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – SoClean Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Philips, alleging the company has sought to blame it for problems related to its recall of certain respiratory devices.  The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, alleges Philips has misled the public and engaged in acts of deliberate misdirection, placing blame on SoClean to divert attention away from obvious design flaws, including a poor choice of sound abatement foam, which led to its recent...

Better Health, Home Medical Equipment, Medtrade East, Movair, Permobil, Philips Recall, SoClean


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Steve Ackerman to be honored at Medtrade East

October 14, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Provider Steve Ackerman has been named the 2021 Van Miller Homecare Champion.  Ackerman, president and CEO of Spectrum Medical in Silver Spring, Md., has held various leadership roles for AAHomecare, most recently as chairman of the board. He has spoken before Congress and CMS as an industry expert, and represented the HME industry as a champion for HME policy priorities.   The Van Miller Homecare Champion Award recognizes and honors AAHomecare members who reflect...

2021 Van Miller Homecare Champion, aahomecare, Home Medical Equipment, Medtrade East, Steve Ackerman


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SoClean sues Philips, seeks damages in excess of $200 million

October 13, 2021HME News Staff

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – SoClean Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Philips, alleging the company has sought to blame it for problems related to its recall of certain respiratory devices. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, alleges Philips has misled the public and engaged in acts of deliberate misdirection, placing blame on SoClean to divert attention away from obvious design flaws, including a poor...

CPAP, Philips Recall, SoClean


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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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Best Buy to acquire health technology platform

October 12, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Best Buy has signed an agreement to acquire Current Health, a technology platform that brings together remote patient monitoring, telehealth and patient engagement into a single solution for healthcare organizations.   “The future of consumer technology is directly connected to the future of healthcare,” said Deborah Di Sanzo, president of Best Buy Health. “We have the distinct expertise in helping customers make technology work for them directly in their...

Best Buy Health, Remote Patient Monitoring, Telehealth


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In brief: Stakeholders push SWO, ResMed buys into HST, Etac adds Ki Mobility

October 8, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare, VGM & Associates, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care and 11 other organizations are asking CMS to eliminate the medical record review for home oxygen therapy and to accept the clinician prescription/standard written order as the required documentation for establishing medical necessity.  These changes would protect against fraud and abuse, reduce the burden on clinicians and suppliers, and protect access for Medicare beneficiaries, the groups say in an...

Etac, Home oxygen therapy, Home Sleep Testing, Ki Mobility, ResMed, standard written order


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Industry on home oxygen: We need ‘objective standards for review’

October 5, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare, VGM & Associates, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care and 11 other organizations are asking CMS to eliminate the medical record review for home oxygen therapy and to accept the clinician prescription/standard written order as the required documentation for establishing medical necessity.  These changes would protect against fraud and abuse, reduce the burden on clinicians and suppliers, and protect access for Medicare beneficiaries, the groups say in an...

CMN, Documentation, Home Oxygen


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Industry challenges: ‘They’re concerning to everyone’

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Industry challenges: ‘They’re concerning to everyone’

October 1, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare kicked off the busy fall legislative session with its first-ever Virtual Legislative Conference last week and a sign-on letter pressing CMS to finalize a DMEPOS proposed rule that would adjust payment rates.  The letter, spearheaded by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., a ranking member on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., is the first in a two-step process to get relief for the industry, says Jay Witter.  “We’ve...

aahomecare, Apria, Bill Guidetti, Home Medical Equipment, Jay Witter, Tom Ryan, Virtual Legislative Conference


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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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