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Recent Law Hampers Provider Relief Portal Launch

While providers can register on the PRF portal, reporting requirements remain unavailable. Also providers should have key information on-hand, otherwise the registration process could time out on them.

CMS Releases Round 2021 Bid Data

The Round 2021 bids show increases for lead items in most areas compared to the 2020 fee schedule, while bids for non-lead items show mixed results. CMS opted not to award contracts for 13 categories in late October.

AAHomecare Surveying Supplier Costs

Effort aims to track how suppliers’ costs have changed during events such as COVID-19, which is important given that DMEPOS rates are essentially frozen at 2016 levels. Deadline is Feb. 5.

Hart Medical Equipment Acquires McLaren Home Medical Equipment

Acquisition helps Hart expand coverage in Michigan, while leveraging additional scale to benefit its partners, referrals and customers

AAHomecare Seeks Washington Legislative Conference Feedback

Association has posted a quick online survey to gauge what the industry would like to do for the event. Deadline is Jan. 29.

OPGA Redesigns its Website

Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America aims to help its online visitors find information more easily and includes a members-only portal.

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Renewing Accreditation in 2021

This year marks an accreditation renewal cycle for DMEPOS providers. What do they need to do in order to ensure a smooth, timely renewal? Moreover, how has COVID-19 changed the process what other factors might influence their renewal this time around?

Supreme adds Eugene Keane as VP of Sales & Marketing

Home healthcare industry veteran will help HME distributor expand its business serving HME providers, pharmacies and other post-acute clients in the Southeast.

VGM Unveils Moxie

New marketing services company blends three VGM business units: VGM Marketing, VGM Events and Hellman, a marketing agency acquired by VGM in 2018.

CMS Gives TennCare More Flexibility in Serving Beneficiaries

Under the new “block grant” waiver, the Tennessee Medicaid program will be able to service patients with less federal oversight. CMS approved the waiver for 10 years.



VGM Conducts New Delivery Cost Survey

A follow-up to its 2018 effort, the survey helps tabulate the cost of provisioning HME products and services. This new effort aims at understanding how COVID-19 has changed that cost structure.

UnitedHealthcare Extends COVID-19 Prior Auth. Suspensions

The extension pushes the previous expiration date from Jan. 8 to Jan. 31 and United noted that it includes oxygen can be delivered without prior authorization.

Handling Regulatory and Process Changes During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a variety of regulatory changes from CMS. How do HME providers manage all of them?

Virtual Surveys Help Keep DMEPOS Providers Current

Now that social distancing has become an everyday routine, a virtual site survey for accreditation can be conducted in a safe, convenient, and effective manner. How does it work and what do you need to know?

Cleaning and Disinfection for DME

Providers know that they must enforce more stringent infection control, but what methods and approaches make sense for DME? The answers aren't always obvious.

A Case for Using a Learning Management System

Continuing education is an ongoing process for various disciplines within the HME industry. That said changes in specific requirements, as well as changes made due to the pandemic make managing ongoing education and employees' progress in that regard a sizable task.

Industry's Hard Fought Oxygen Win

AAHomecare's Ryan reflects on four-year advocacy effort to change the budget-neutrality cuts that hurt providers and users of oxygen equipment and services in rural areas.

BOC Announces 2021 Executive Committee and New Board Member

Angela Smalley, Ph.D., BOCPD, COF, brings to the board more than five years’ experience in the O&P profession, as well as knowledge of the latest advancements in medtech.

Numotion Acquires Wheeler’s Medical Supply

Move adds additional resources and expertise to Numotion's medical supplies business, which offers catheters, incontinence, ostomy, and advanced wound care products.

VGM Group Acquires Content Management Company

Buy brings tools and systems used to manage, store and disseminate key corporate communications and information to the member service group's portfolio.

AAHomecare Submits Comments on DMEPOS Proposed Rule

Association suggested various alterations to the proposed rule released in November, including how rates for former CBAs and non-rural non-CBAs should be calculated.

Congress Upvotes COVID-19 Bill

House and Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass the second relief package of the year, which includes two key HME industry provisions.

Apria Settles $40.5M Whistleblower Case

U.S. Attorney’s suit alleged that the national provider continued to bill for non-invasive ventilators when it did not know if beneficiaries were using the devices.

Numotion, LUCI Ink Distribution Deal

National CRT provider will become the first U.S. distribution partner for solution that combines multiple sensors and cloud-based technology to bring new functionality, control and safety to power chairs.

Medtrade West Moves to July

The April 12-14 event has shifted to July 12-14; it will still be hosted at the Phoenix, Ariz. Convention Center.

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