HME News

AUG 2017

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W H E E L C H A I R A C C E S S O R I E S PA G E X X A C C E S S O R I E S PA G E 1 5 VOLUME 23 — NUMBER 8 AUGUST 2017 $7.00 HME NEWS POLL ■ BOC's DME certifi cation has taken off, says Claudia Zacharias. See page 20. N E W S ■ Criticism of bid program caught on tape. PAGE 3 ■ Heartland attendees hear from Navy Seal. PAGE 3 ■ NewsPoll: Providers back shorter Medtrade. PAGE 3 S M A RT TA L K ■ This month, our columnists tackle social media, mobile solutions and more. PAGE 8 L E T T E R ■ You don't have to be a millennial to fi nd your revived entrepreneurial spirit and make the jump to increased success. You just have to have the passion to take the leap, says Sarah Hanna. PAGE 6 ■ New products: Check out the latest in home medical equipment, like the Zenith and Matrix Beds from GF Health Products. See page 21. ■ Is your workplace experiencing a shift to a younger workforce? See results on page 22. D E PA RT M E N T S PROVIDERS ■ Nunn's Home Medical Equipment turns 75. PAGE 11 ■ Lincare settles allegations. PAGE 11 ■ MedCare's switch to mobile like 'night and day.' PAGE 11 MOBILITY ■ Nat'l prior auths take effect. PAGE 14 ■ AccessNSM sees 'steady growth' in home access. PAGE 14 ■ NRRTS backs wheelchair users. PAGE 14 RX & SPECIALTY PROVIDERS ■ Wig bill introduced. PAGE 17 ■ Shield Healthcare renews ostomy push. PAGE 17 ■ Liberty Medical looks to sell. PAGE 18 VENDORS ■ USS excels at effi ciency. PAGE 20 ■ Golden adds heft. PAGE 20 ■ VGM helps providers diversify. PAGE 20 Remark code approved, payments start to roll in LifeCare exits market Ready to roll The United Spinal Association's Roll on Capitol Hill in June brought together hundreds of stakeholders, including husband- and-wife team Wes and Courtney Livaudais. Wes Livaudais lead's United Spinal's chapter in Portland, Ore. For more cover- age, see page 14. CMS comes through on wheelchair accessories ASP GLOBAL TARGETS HOME CARE CURES ACT ADJUSTMENTS BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor H M E S TA K E H O L D E R S cheered a hard-fought win for a remark code that will allow providers to identify when claims have been adjusted due to a retroactive delay to reimburse- ment cuts in non-competitive BY THERESA FLAHERTY, Managing Editor P H O E N I X – L i f e C a re S o l u - tions has begun transition- ing patients as it prepares to exit the California market, says company exec Robert Fahlman. "Our No. 1 priority is our patients and we want to make sure we take care of them," said Fahlman, CEO of parent company Preferred Homecare, which acquired LifeCare Solu- tions, primarily a respiratory provider, in 2011. "When they are successfully transitioned, we will have fi nalized our exit from California." LifeCare Solutions, which serves 30,000 patients through 13 locations in California, has laid off its sales staff and some intake staff, and stopped tak- ing referrals. The provider was never able to build the scale it needed to service its competitive bid- ding contracts, says Fahlman. In 2011, when it was acquired, BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor WASHINGTON – With only days to spare, stakeholders succeeded in getting CMS to refrain from cutting reimbursement for accessories f o r c o m p l e x re h a b p o w e r wheelchairs. The agency announced late on June 23 that it would not apply competitive bid- ding pricing to accessories on July 1, 2017. "This speaks well of the CRT community, including the BY THERESA FLAHERTY, Managing Editor ATLANTA – With its acquisition of Professional Healing Solutions, a DME provider, ASP Global says it has closed the loop from hospital to home. "We wanted to be able to sup- ply the entire continuum of care bidding areas. T h e D M E M A C s agreed with the need for the code, found one that was appropriate and forwarded the request to CMS. But initially, they were told no. "There was push back, because of the addition- al programming time it might require," said Kim Brummett, vice presi- dent of regulatory affairs for AAHomecare. "CMS said, 'We don't want to hold up the adjustments,' Bid rates are 'unsustainable,' says CEO from the hospital all the way through to the patients at their homes," said Lorne Tritt, CEO of ASP Global, a wholesaler of hospi- tal medical supplies. "A lot of care is shifting outside the hospital and patients are going to be looking more and more to be taken care of in their own settings and needing those supplies, as well." The Crossville, Tenn.-based Professional Healing Solutions specializes in wound care sup- plies, fulfi lling prescriptions for disposable advanced wound care dressings directly to patient's homes. C U R E S A D J U S T M E N T S PA G E 1 8 A S P G L O B A L PA G E 1 8 L I F E C A R E S O L U T I O N S PA G E 1 2 Andrea Stark Seth Johnson T H E B U S I N E S S N E W S P A P E R F O R H O M E M E D I C A L E Q U I P M E N T P R O V I D E R S W W W . H M E N E W S . C O M

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