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Industry, CMS need to ‘have conversation’ about disaster relief

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09/28/2018

WASHINGTON – The havoc wrought by Hurricane Florence in September highlighted, once again, the need for policy changes in disaster situations, say HME stakeholders.

e-prescribing may be at tipping point

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09/28/2018

WASHINGTON – There are a number of puzzle pieces locking together at CMS that could mean e-prescribing for DME becomes pervasive soon, the vendors of that technology say.

Starck: ‘Patients aren’t getting prescribed oxygen’

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08/09/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine – Home oxygen therapy has been hit especially hard by competitive bidding, so CMS’s plans to retool its program are encouraging, says Dan Starck, chairman of the Council for Quality Respiratory Care.

Apria launches ‘TurboTax’ for e-ordering

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04/23/2018

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Nearly two years after purchasing DMEhub, Apria is ready to reintroduce the newly retooled e-ordering platform, which uses “if/then” logic to gather documentation, to a wider market.

Apria letter spotlights grandfathering provision

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08/18/2017

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Grandfathering under the competitive bidding program came up recently when Medicare beneficiaries in California received a letter from Apria Healthcare saying that, as of August, they must transition to a contracted provider.

In brief: AAHomecare increases pressure, Cardinal expands homecare presence

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04/21/2017

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is asking lawmakers for relief from a “double-dip” oxygen cut in the 2017 Medicare fee schedule for stationary oxygen.

In brief: Utilization drops in Round 2 bid areas, retail finalists named

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10/21/2016

WASHINGTON – The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving DMEPOS in Round 2 areas decreased more than twice as much from 2012 to 2014 than in non-bid areas, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Persistence of providers pays off for patients

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10/14/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers in the Southeast were prepared as ever when Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Oct. 8, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t face tremendous challenges.

CQRC turns up the heat

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10/14/2016

WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care, a coalition of home oxygen providers and manufacturers, has always taken an active role with CMS and on Capitol Hill, says Chairman Dan Starck.

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