HME News

DEC 2017

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News ■ Security and risk assessment is missing in the HME industry, says Wayne van Halem. See story page 1. Bid relief bill drops with 53 co-sponsors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medtrade 2017 wraps on positive note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Newspoll: Providers divided on sleep regulation . . . . . . . . 6 Access survey slams bid program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4 hme news / december 2017 / Briefs ALJ wait time nears three years WASHINGTON – The average wait time to get a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge is 1,082 days, a 41-day increase from earlier this year and a 205-day increase since last year, according to AAHomecare. The over- turn rate at the ALJ is 28.3%. The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals recently said it will no longer publish detailed work- load information showing the breakdown of the number and type of appeals at the ALJ; however, it has offered to share DMEPOS- specific data with AAHomecare. dme P os appeals pile up WASHINGTON – DMEPOS appeals at the Ad- ministrative Law Judge level make up about 49% of total appeals in FY 2017, consistent with the two previous years, according to a bulletin from AAHomecare. As of August 2017, the Office of Medicare Hearings & Ap- peals had 591,962 total appeals pending— an increase of 300% since 2016. By Theresa Flaher T y, Managing e ditor ATLANTA – The mood at Medtrade 2017 was palpably up, say show organizers. While attendance was down slightly, it was in line with projections and it was to be expected now that competitive bid- ding has forced about 40% of providers to close their doors, says Kevin Gaffney, group show director. "(The mood) was significantly better than last year, to the point where I can feel it," he said. "There's progress being made (on a number of industry issues) and good things are happening." This year's Medtrade, held Oct. 23-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center By Je FF r owe, Contributing w riter M any HME providers end up in front of an administrative law judge ( a LJ) to contest a reim- bursement denial, but too often they don't know what they're up against. a t Medtrade in a tlanta, Ross Burris, an attorney with the Kansas City-based law firm Polisinelli, was part of a panel that walked attendees through how to prepare and manage an a LJ hearing. Medtrade 2017: A shorter, but upbeat and refreshing, show Be prepared for your day before ALJ b u r r I S s e e pa g e 2 2 in a tlanta, marked a new era for the HME industry's largest trade show, with Sandra Chi S holm of Heritage Home Medical in Wichita Falls, Texas, was the big winner of the $5,000 prize. m e d T r A d e s e e pa g e 2 2 Ross Burris

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