“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.”
” “How a wholesaler could potentially procure drugs, whether they’re in Canada, Europe and get those back to the US and get those into the supply channel efficiently and effectively I think is quite cumbersome,” said CFO Tim Guttman. “It’s not efficient and there are risks.” VP Barbara Brungess added despite the impracticalities and legal hurdles to overturn, the primary concern is safety.”
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“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.”
“Medicare reimbursement rates for home medical equipment cover just 88 percent of overall costs for companies providing this service, raising concerns about the future viability of the home medical equipment industry under the current Medicare model, according to an American Association for Homecare study.
The report’s conclusions show the current Medicare competitive bidding program for home medical equipment is producing financially unsustainable rates, and faults the program for its lack of transparency.”
“AAHomecare has received confirmation that H.R. 5210, the Patient Access to Durable Medical Equipment Act, did not successfully clear through the Senate before adjournment last night thanks to a hold placed by an unidentified Senator. This means the July 1 round of cuts for rural and non-bid area suppliers will remain in effect unless Congress takes action when they return in September.”
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“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced that it’s seeking more information on medical devices that are refurbished, reconditioned, rebuilt, remarketed, remanufactured, serviced or repaired in order to investigate a number of potential safety issues.”