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What’s the ‘optimal reimbursement’?

There's a new consensus around the importance of home care, but will payments for technologies that help make it happen, like telehealth, follow?
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11/24/2020

HARTFORD, Conn. – Seventy-two percent of consumers say they prefer to recover at home, and 97% of payers say home-based care is in the best interest of consumers and payers, according to a new report, “Health-at-Home 2020: The New Standard of Care Delivery,” published by CareCentrix.

In brief: Stark Law, new sleep company, Oventus-VGM agreement

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11/24/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has finalized a number of changes to the Stark Law, including new permanent exemptions for value-based arrangements, in a 627-page final rule* set to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 2.

Round 2021: Providers vent, ponder next moves

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11/20/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry reactions to CMS’s plans not to move forward with the bulk of the competitive bidding program were a mixed bag, but a number of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they were disappointed that the agency plays by a “different set of rules.”

Communication is key, say business leaders

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11/20/2020

ATLANTA – What lessons has the COVID-19 pandemic taught HME business leaders? How to communicate, and then communicate some more, they say.

Virginia budget includes provision to protect DME access

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11/20/2020

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into law a state budget that includes an amendment requiring Medicaid managed care organizations to reimburse at no less than 90% of the state Medicaid fee schedule for DME.

AAHomecare asks feds to prioritize DMEPOS suppliers

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11/19/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is asking government officials to include DMEPOS suppliers in the first group of health care professionals to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

The new normal? Wear a mask and carry on

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Monday, November 16, 2020

TV shows have begun having their fall premieres and as I settled in recently to watch a few (Chicago PD, Grey’s Anatomy, Rise Up), I found myself transported more than once back to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when so much was unknown and scary, and yet, seemed so temporary.

Buyers gonna buy, but with later payouts

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11/13/2020

FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite the challenges of 2020 and the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to bear on the economy, Brad Smith is bullish on the M&A market for HME. Vertess closed on four deals in the second and third quarters, and is teed up for an even busier Q4 and beyond.

Patty Mastandrea on the balancing act

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11/06/2020

GREENSBURG, Pa. – Patty Mastandrea, the 2020 HME Woman of the Year, says the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for female leaders. Here’s what Mastandrea, who as CEO of MedCare Equipment Company leads 330 employees, had to say about balancing professional and personal priorities, as well as being nimble during challenging times.

Health Sqyre: Let us do ‘digital stuff’

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11/02/2020

DENVER – Health Sqyre, which has been flying under the radar since 2018, now has a goal of getting up to 100 HME providers to use its online marketplace by the end of the year.

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