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News from ATS 2018: Philips, ResMed back combined therapy


SAN DIEGO – Royal Philips announced new data at ATS 2018 that suggests combining home oxygen therapy with home non-invasive ventilation as treatment for chronically hypercapnic COPD patients is more effective and less expensive than HOT alone.

Reporter's notebook: Vents, vents and more vents


Providers had plenty to vent about in 2015 as CMS twisted the ventilator product category this way and that in response to a spike in utilization. 

Stakeholders ‘push back’ on vent changes


BALTIMORE – CMS’s plan to overhaul vent codes has industry stakeholders saying, “Slow down.”

CMS overhauls vent product category


WASHINGTON – CMS announced late Thursday that it has dropped non-invasive vents from the competitive bidding program for Round 1 2017.

Vulnerable patient population at risk


By including non-invasive vents in competitive bidding, CMS has “overlooked” the most fragile patients: those with serious neuromuscular conditions, say providers.

'Challenging’ product put out to bid

‘I see the potential for some adverse effects, some failures, and some deaths,’ says one provider

BALTIMORE – CMS’s decision to include non-invasive vents in competitive bidding is a “knee-jerk” reaction to a spike in billing that could have adverse consequences for patients, say providers.

CMS further distinguishes vents

‘It gives them one more way of enforcement’

BALTIMORE – CMS has drawn another thick line between ventilators and Bi-level PAP devices.

Round 1 2017: No lessons learned


BALTIMORE – Despite widespread concerns and a new law that will eventually require modifications to the program, the next phase of competitive bidding mostly mirrors the recently completed Round 2 re-compete.