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Observation Deck

Preparing for the Next Surge in Claims Audits

With the COVID-19 audit pause well behind us, multiple indicators show CMS is quickly resuming audits in a big way. What do HME providers need to know?

TeleHealth Clinical Evals Debuts Podcast

The debut episode interviews experts Dr. Scott M. Martin MD, PMR, MS and Maxine Paul about the importance and benefits of adopting telehealth for CRT evaluations.

DMEscripts Formed by Industry Leaders

New alignment with some of the largest HME providers, as well as AAHomecare and VGM, will help drive the adoption of e-prescribing for home medical equipment.

CMS’s Philips Recall Update Poses Problems

An alert from the agency tells Medicare patients to contact suppliers, but AAHomecare and VGM Government Relations both point out that the announcement’s phrasing will cause difficulties for sleep providers.

ACMESA Wraps Successful 2021 Summer Meeting

The Aug. 18-19 event was in-person with masks and social distancing encouraged, and saw the debut of the inaugural Tart Advocacy & Leadership Award.

Q&A

AAHomecare: Dealing with Delta

AAHomcare’s Tom Ryan about how the industry association is approaching the Delta variant and its impact on HME providers from a regulatory and reimbursement standpoint

Prochant Joins the Inc. 5000 List 

Post-acute reimbursement services company makes the list for the first time after posting three-year revenue gains of 112%.

AAHomecare Joins Effort to Protect Ostomy Supplies

HME association and other ostomy stakeholders release a new whitepaper aimed at educating payers on why they must protect reimbursement for ostomy supplies.

AAHomecare Gearing up for Virtual Washington Conference

Like last year’s Washington conference, the Sept. 29 lobbying effort will connect providers with lawmakers and legislative staff using a virtual meeting platform. 

CRT Accessory Exemption Estimated at $170 Million

After permanently ending the application of bid pricing to CRT accessories, CMS provides estimates of the positive impact for suppliers in its final rule.



Pennsylvania Exempts Breast Pumps From Sales Tax

The new legislation removes sales tax of all retail transactions of breast pumps and related items starting Jan. 1, 2022.

Industry Works to Gain More Ground With ARPA Relief

After last week’s Medicaid gains in Massachusetts, AAHomecare, state associations and stakeholders pursue additional relief for HME providers in more states via the American Rescue Plan Act.

CMS Halts Applying Bid Pricing to Manual CRT Accessories

After extending a temporary suspension of any cuts until Sept. 30, CMS has released a final rule stating it will permanently stop applying bid-derived pricing to manual CRT accessory reimbursement.

Bill to Nix MCO Self-Referrals Launched in Pennsylvania

HME providers and stakeholders in the state are encouraged to contact their State Representatives in support of H.B. 1726.

MassHealth Implementing 10% Rate Increase for DME Claims

Funding comes after HOMES and AAHomecare push Massachusetts to provide relief via the American Rescue Plan Act and sets the stage to notify Medicaid officials in other states.

Burr, Bennet Launch Wound Care Legislation

Bill aims to update CMS payment rules to add disposable NPWT devices to product options for at-home wound care and standardize payment method for NPWT devices.

Podcast

HME's Legislative, Regulatory and Payer Relations Priorities

The AAHomecare Update at this week's Medtrade Spring offered a winder range of updates. Staff share their top-line priorities from that update, such as increasing SPA rates, extending relief, CMS's proposed O2 NCD and the American Rescue Plan.

AAHomecare Update: Leveraging HME’s Value

A central theme at Medtrade’s Wednesday AAHomecare Update will be how the industry can make the most of the value to U.S. healthcare it demonstrated during COVID.

Proposed O2 Changes Include Industry Input

CMS’s proposed changes to oxygen National Coverage Determination incorporate many recommendations made by AAHomecare.

AAHomecare, ACMESA Protect N.C. Medicaid MCO Rates

The rate protections shore up legislative protections and will prevent an estimated $22 million in potential cuts to Medicaid MCO reimbursement for HME in North Carolina on an annual basis

HME Business Podcast