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Healthcare, Tech Veterans Join DMEscripts’ Leadership

John Brady and Frank Schools join as CEO and CFO, respectively, to help spread the adoption of the industry-owned e-prescribing platform.

AAHomecare Legislative Event Notches 240-plus Meetings

HME advocates participating in Sept. 21 Virtual Washington Legislative Conference met with nearly 10 percent more House and Senate offices in push to advance various industry objectives.

VGM Opens DME Industry Disaster Cost Survey

VGM Government Relations is surveying providers on expenses incurred from natural disasters to show CMS true costs DME suppliers incur and make reimbursement recommendations.

Seat Elevation Signature Push Continues

NCART reminds mobility stakeholders and providers that they have until Sept. 14 to submit public comments urging CMS to reimburse power seat elevation systems for power wheelchairs.

CMS Releases Post-PHE Roadmap

While it is likely that HHS will extend the PHE for another 90 days after it expires on Oct. 15, the agency has released guidance on preparing for the end of the PHE, including guidelines for DMEPOS suppliers.

NHIA Hosting Home and Specialty Infusion Payor Summit

Aimed at representatives from payers, attendees of the inaugural event will learn from home and specialty infusion experts and executives about current and future opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

AAHomecare Preps for Washington Legislative Conference

Registration is currently underway, and the association is urging providers to register right away so that they can prepare for training and the actual meetings with lawmakers and staff.

CMS Opens NCD Reconsideration for Seat Elevation Systems

A public comment period is open until Sept. 14, and HME advocates are urging all members of the industry, and particularly CRT stakeholders, to submit. Notably, the reconsideration does not include power standing systems.

AAHomecare, CMS Meet on Bidding, Reimbursement

Discussion between senior association staff and leaders at the agency indicates that CMS doesn’t look likely to start a new round of competitive bidding this year.

22 Lawmakers Back Oxygen Letter

The Congressional sign-on letter asks CMS to adopt a clear, standardized template letter for home oxygen equipment and supplies.



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Prepping the Push for Medicare Seat Elevation Funding

Could Medicare finally fund seat elevation systems for power wheelchairs? A key meeting held last week could set the stage for an upcoming public comment campaign calling to revise the NCD.

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It’s Time to Go ‘All In’ on HME Advocacy

Make your voice heard on Medicare reimbursement policy by joining the Virtual 2022 Washington Legislative Conference on Sept. 21.

Medicare Opens Seat Elevation NCD to Review

Mobility advocates expect the agency to review the NCD on seat elevation/standing, which could finally provide long-sought-after funding for those systems. Aug. 3 virtual roundtable will set the stage for a public comment effort.

New York, Alabama Sleep Providers Score Medicaid Wins

New York Medicaid unbundles CPAP and BiPAP payments. Alabama Medicaid updates PAP device policies. Both moves should mean reimbursement gains for providers in those states.

House Sign-on Letter Calls for Oxygen Template

The bi-partisan Congressional sign-on letter asks lawmakers to join an effort urging CMS to adopt a clear, standardized template letter for home oxygen equipment and supplies.

AAHomecare Slates Virtual Washington Legislative Conference

The Sept. 21 event invites HME providers to meet with Congressional offices to advocate for a number of HME policy priorities using a seamless virtual meeting platform

CAMPS Achieves Key State Budget Aims

California state’s new budget eliminates the 10 percent cut for DME and sets reimbursement for respiratory at 100 percent of Medicare. Association also slates annual meeting.

Service Assists Prior Auth Compliance for Braces

Össur’s Empower solution helps clinicians ensure they comply with new requirements for knee and spinal brace claims.

Report: Medicare Overpaid for PMD Repairs

Based on a sampling of claims, an HHS OIG report estimates that Medicare improperly paid for $8 million in power mobility device repairs.

Breastfeeding Coalition Calls for Increased Reimbursement

As the price for hard-to-find formula skyrockets, the AAHomecare group calls on private payer insurance and Medicaid programs to increase coverage for breast pumps and supplies.

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