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HHS updates guidance on Provider Relief Fund reporting

June 14, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services last week updated guidance on Provider Relief Fund reporting, including that the PRF Reporting Portal will be open for providers to submit information on July 1. Other key updates in the revised “Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements,” according to VGM Government Relations:  The period of availability of funds is based on the date the payment is received. Previous guidance indicated that all payments...

Provider Relief Fund, Public Health Emergency, Reporting Portal


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Stakeholders mine American Rescue Plan for relief opportunities

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Stakeholders mine American Rescue Plan for relief opportunities

June 11, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – The payer relations team at AAHomecare is working with its association partners to craft a letter asking state governments to include HME in their allocation of millions of dollars in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion act, also known as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, in March, providing, among other things, $195.3 billion to states and the District of Columbia to help them cover increased expenditures, replenish lost...

aahomecare, COVID-19, Payer Relations


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COVID-19: Need a back-to-office primer?

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COVID-19: Need a back-to-office primer?

June 11, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

AMARILLO, Texas – Employers that are calling on employees to return to the office need to navigate a number of “sticky subjects,” including whether they can require them to get vaccinated and wear masks. Allison Davis, a shareholder and employment law attorney at Brown & Fortunato, answers those questions and emphasizes why it’s important to stay up to date on changing guidelines.  HME News: Can employers require that employees get vaccinated?  Allison Davis:...

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In brief: Medline investment, SoClean award, MAC reviews

June 11, 2021HME News Staff

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Medline Industries has entered into an agreement to receive a majority investment from a group of private equity firms, including Blackstone, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman, worth a reported $30-plus billion.  Medline, which generated revenues of $17.5 billion in 2020, will use the new resources from the partnership to expand its product offerings, accelerate international expansion and continue to make new infrastructure investments to strengthen its global...

Apria, Inogen, NCART, Option Care Health, Permobil Foundation, Rehab Medical, SoClean, VGM Heartland


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MACs restart reviews

June 8, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Medicare Administrative Contractors may now begin conducting post-payment medical reviews for dates of service later than March 2020, CMS has announced.  In August 2020, the MACs resumed post-payment reviews of items and services with dates of service before March 2020.  The Targeted Probe and Educate program, which involves intensive education to assess provider compliance through up to three rounds of review, will restart at a later date, CMS says.  The...

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Round 2021: Stakeholders analyze another piece of puzzle

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Round 2021: Stakeholders analyze another piece of puzzle

June 3, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Newly released data from Round 2021 show that modifications to the competitive bidding program worked in a number of ways, but more are needed, say industry stakeholders.  The data reveal that 15,695 or 42% of bids submitted for the 13 major product categories dropped from Round 2021 were disqualified for reasons that included pricing and financial issues. Hundreds of bids were disqualified for invalid bid bonds.  “(Requiring) bid bonds reduced the amount...

aahomecare, Home Medical Equipment, Round 2021, VGM


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In brief: Labor shortage, telehealth survey, Belluscura’s listing

June 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eighty percent of independent pharmacists are having trouble hiring for open positions, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association.  What’s more, nearly 90% of survey respondents say they can’t find pharmacy technicians, a critical position.  “This is a major challenge for community pharmacies that are seeing many more patients because of the pandemic,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist. “Finding...

Bellascura, National Community Pharmacist Association, NCART, Rehab Medical, Telehealth


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In brief: Brooks-LaSure confirmed, SuperCare contract renewed, telehealth monitoring warranted

May 28, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to head CMS. Brooks-LaSure served in the Obama Administration, where she helped guide the Affordable Care Act through passage and implementation. She also worked as a Democratic staffer for the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives. “AAHomecare congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her confirmation as CMS Administrator,” said the association. “Her experience in roles at CMS, HHS and on...

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, NSM, Quantum Rehab, Quipt Home Medical, SuperCare, Viemed


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Senate confirms Brooks-LaSure as CMS administrator

May 26, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to head CMS.  Brooks-LaSure served in the Obama Administration, where she helped guide the Affordable Care Act through passage and implementation. She also worked as a Democratic staffer for the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives.    “AAHomecare congratulates Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on her confirmation as CMS Administrator,” said the association. “Her...

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CMS releases additional Round 2021 bid data

May 25, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS received 45,815 eligible bids for Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program, according to additional information it released today.  The total number of eligible bids did not include the 3,313 bids for non-invasive ventilators, which CMS dropped from the bidding program in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Total bidders who submitted at least one bid that was eligible to evaluate (i.e., at least one bid that was complete/certified...

competitive bidding, Home Medical Equipment, Round 2021


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