When Does the 36-Month Oxygen Rental Period Restart? – HomeCareMag.com

The headline article is a nice little resource.  It’s a well-organized piece written by Jeffrey S. Baird.  In the article, the author answers the question to:

“Providers often ask: “Are there scenarios in which the HME provider can start over the initial 36-month rental period?” The answer is yes. The following will review each of these scenarios.”

Read the source article:  When Does the 36-Month Oxygen Rental Period Restart? – HomeCareMag.com


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Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Bust – FBI.gov

Read the full article:  Billion-Dollar Medicare Fraud Bust – FBI Announces Results of Operation Brace Yourself – FBI.gov

The FBI & DOJ targeted alleged schemes involving the payment of illegal kickbacks and bribes by DME companies in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies for back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces that were medically unnecessary. Some of the defendants allegedly controlled an international telemarketing network that lured over hundreds of thousands of elderly and/or disabled patients into a criminal scheme that crossed borders, involving call centers in the Philippines and throughout Latin America.

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Federal Indictments & Law Enforcement Actions in One of the Largest Health Care Fraud Schemes Involving Telemedicine and Durable Medical Equipment Marketing Executives Results in Charges Against 24 Individuals Responsible for Over $1.2 Billion in Losses – Justice.gov


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Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News

Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News

“These additional cuts for home oxygen therapy are certain to impact providers and patients in rural and other non-CBA areas,” stated AAHomecare in a bulletin. “Since CMS has repeatedly made it clear that they do not believe they have the statutory authority to address the budget neutrality offset, the HME community needs to make this a priority for advocacy efforts in the 116th Congress.”

Read the source article: Budget neutrality dampens certain oxygen reimbursement | HME News


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Innovative HME Retail Product Award Winners Make Their Case at Medtrade | HomeCare Magazine



“The purpose of the retail awards competition is to promote and recognize products that contribute to providers’ bottom lines though cash sales. Representatives from seven companies made their case to session attendees, who along with judges, voted on their top three choices.”

Read the full source article: Innovative HME Retail Product Award Winners Make Their Case at Medtrade | HomeCare Magazine

The top 3 HME retail products were:

  1. The Flyp Nebulizer from Convexity Scientific
  2. The DFree from Triple W—a wearable device that can track the progression of bladder movements (for incontinence) using non-invasive ultrasonic sensors
  3. The Jazzy Air 2 scooter from Pride Mobility

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California HMDR Laws for 2018

California HMDR Laws for 2018

New CA Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) Legislation – Effective January 1, 2018

Read the full text of the bill:   AB 1387, Arambula. Home medical device retail facility business: licensing: inspections.

The Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, among other things, prohibits a person from conducting a home medical device retail facility business in the state without a valid license from the State Department of Public Health. Existing law requires the department to inspect each place of business prior to issuing a license, and further requires the department to inspect each licensee at least annually.

This bill would modify, until January 1, 2023, the requirement for the department to inspect a licensed home medical device retail facility business if it is accredited, as specified, by an accreditation organization approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If so accredited, the bill would authorize the department to conduct an inspection only upon a complaint made to the department regarding the licensee. For a licensee that is not so accredited, the bill would continue to require the department to conduct an inspection at least annually.

Source: The legislation above is referenced on the CA HMDR Program website


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Medicare Accounts for 16% of HME Spending — HME Business

“Another data point shows just how greatly Medicare’s importance as a revenue driver for HME has dropped. In addition to Medicare’s 16 percent share, Medicaid accounted for 15 percent of HME spending, and all other sources, such as private payer and retail sales, represented 68 percent of HME spending.”

Read The Full Source: Medicare Accounts for 16% of HME Spending — HME Business


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Training program for California HMDR Exemptee license applicants

Training program for California HMDR Exemptee license applicants

HMDR License Applications

CA Home Medical Device Retailer (HMDR) License Applications: 1) HMDR Exemptee Application, 2) HMDR California Facility License Application, and 3) HMDR Out-of-State Facility License Application.


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HME Suppliers are Fleeing Medicare Program | HomeCare Magazine

“According to research AAHomecare had been performing using Medicare data, the number of traditional suppliers of home medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries has dropped 40.9 percent since July 2013. In addition, the number of unique locations (commonly referred to as rooftops) serving Medicare beneficiaries has declined by 38.7 percent during the same period.”

Read the entire article – Source: HME Suppliers are Fleeing Medicare Program | HomeCare Magazine

Refer to AAHomecare’s Issue Brief on effects of the bidding program on the HME supplier infrastructure (PDF)


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Your 2017 Marketing Plan | HomeCare Magazine

“A successful marketing plan is based on what you did in 2016—what worked and what didn’t—and what you want to make sure you do again. If you don’t think about each of these items, you may be doomed for failure—you don’t want to be responsible for helping your competition have their best year in 2017. Plan now, and make the success all yours!”

It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to an end.  It means it’s time to get a jump on planning for the new year.  This article is full of great thought provoking ideas and tips on how to move your marketing efforts to a higher level.  Full of great advice!

Read the full article:  Source: Your 2017 Marketing Plan | HomeCare Magazine


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The Shift of Medical Devices to a Home Setting – PR Newswire

“One of the major changes in the medical device sector is the continuously growing emphasis on home health care through wearable device and remote monitoring devices. Technology now allows patients a much more flexible approach to therapy, one that does not diminish their life styles as previously. A recent research report by Meticulous Research estimates that the global home medical devices market is expected to reach $48.47 billion by 2022 with a CAGR of 7.8% over the period of 2016 to 2022.”

Read the full article:  Source: The Shift of Medical Devices to a Home Setting – PR Newswire


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