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Tricare still source of frustration

AAHomecare suggests working complaints up the chain

SAVANNAH, Ga. – More than a year after Humana Military took over the Tricare East contract, there are still billing issues, providers report.

Medtrade: Take advantage of lowest rates


ATLANTA – SmartSaver rates for Medtrade 2019 are in effect. Attendees can now purchase an Educational Conference Pass for $109, which provides access to all educational sessions and the expo hall. A SmartSaver Expo Pass can be purchased for $25.

Reporter’s notebook: Cash customer? ABN still gold standard


With more and more providers switching their focus from Medicare to cash sales, it’s unsurprising that there’s occasional confusion about whether an advance beneficiary notice is needed.

Determined stakeholders take case to Hill

‘That brush—Medicare—paints everything,’ said one provider

WASHINGTON – HME stakeholders weren’t lacking in “asks” going into AAHomecare’s Washington Legislative Conference last week, with a number of bills and letters targeting Medicare’s competitive bidding program in place.

Protech reports 17% increase in revenue


CINCINNATI – Protech Home Medical reported revenues of $21.9 million for the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 17% compared to the same period in 2018. Year-to-date revenue was $43.6 million, a 17.1% increase in revenue year over year.

Not all MCOs are hot on Medicaid

Smaller and nonprofit organizations exit, consolidating market

YARMOUTH, Maine – The upward trajectory of MCOs managing state Medicaid programs has hit a kink.

Heartland Conference invites all providers


WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has opened up its annual Heartland Conference to all HME providers for the first time. The move was driven by CMS’s plans to consolidate all competitive bidding areas for Round 2021, the company says.

MAMES convention a hit


DULUTH, Minn. – This year’s MAMES Spring Convention drew a record number of attendees and was the third consecutive year the event received a 4.0 rating from attendees, the association says. Rick Adamich, president of Oxygen One, won the MAMES Above and Beyond Award.

MS Supply takes on WellCare


TAMPA, Fla. – MS Supply and Home Health Company, a mom-and-pop provider, has filed a lawsuit against WellCare, claiming the managed care organization owes it more than $1 million.

Non-rural providers feel sidelined


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers located in the “no-man’s land” between rural areas and competitive bid areas say they are nearing the breaking point.