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DEC 2017

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News 6 / december 2017 / hme news WASHINGTON – More than 60% of case managers report an increase in the number of Medicare beneficiaries who have developed medical complications, received emergency care or were readmitted to a hospital due to issues related to obtaining proper and/or timely access to DME, according to a final report from Dobson DaVanzo & a ssociates. "(The competitive bidding program has) negatively affected beneficiaries' access to DME services and supplies, adversely impact- ed case managers' ability to coordinate DME for patients, and placed an additional strain on suppliers to deliver quality products with- out delay," states the report, completed in conjunction with aa Homecare. "If timely adjustments are not made, there is little doubt the beneficiaries, case managers and suppli- ers will continue to face adverse outcomes." The report was based on a survey of more than 1,000 beneficiaries, case managers/dis- charge planners and HME providers. Other findings from the report: 4 74.3% of beneficiaries report a disconti- nuity or disruption in their ability to receive oxygen and supplies since July 1, 2016, when a second wave of reimbursement cuts went into effect in non-bid areas as part of a nation- al rollout of the program. 4 75.2% of case managers report issues accessing and coordinating oxygen therapy for their patients. 4 85% of suppliers report beneficiaries By Theresa Flaher T y, Managing e ditor YA rm O u TH, m aine – Requiring transportation workers to get screened for sleep apnea is a "no brainer," say respondents to a recent HME n ewspoll. " a nyone who drives on an interstate highway can only hope that the long-haul truckers around them don't have OS a ," wrote one respondent. "This is a no-brainer Access survey slams competitive bid program United on sleep screening, divided on regulation 'Transportation workers should be screened, but (it shouldn't be a) carte blanche,' said one respondent question." In line with a Trump administration that has pledged to slash regulations, the Feder- al Railroad a dministration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety a dministration said in a ugust that they would scrap a regulation to require testing for certain commercial drivers and rail workers. That's short sighted, say 87% of poll respondents. "The prevalence of OS a in the general population indicates significant risk fac- tors for professional driers, pilots, heavy equipment operators, etc.," said Steven De y oung of Elliot Hospital Home Medi- cal Equipment in Manchester, n .H. " a n analysis of accident data by the n TSB (which under- reports sleep reported acci- dents) shows somnolence as a significant contributor to a high number of accidents with this cohort." a t the same time, poll respondents say it's impor- tant not to paint too broad a brush. "I believe that any transportation work- ers that spends most of their time driv- ing on highways and has signs or symp- toms of sleep issues should be screened, but (it shouldn't be a) carte blanche," wrote Rich Walt- man of HealthCare Plus in Polson, Mont. Other respondents don't think a federal regulation, which they worry could be burdensome for drivers and the companies that employ them, is the answer. "I think that requiring transportation hme NEWS POLL have privately purchased DME and supplies, opting not to use their Medicare benefits to file claim. "This report validates the problems we have been experiencing with the competi- tive bidding program for the past several years," said Steve a ckerman, chairman of aa Homecare's board of directors and presi- dent of Spectrum Medical. "These are prob- lems adversely affecting the entire homecare community." hme N e W S p O L L s e e pa g e 2 2 The Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans, LA March 4-6, 2018 Stay tuned for the keynote speaker and educational program coming in December! Save The Date!

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