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FEB 2019

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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 BY THERESA FLAHERTY, Managing Editor WASHINGTON – Industry stakehold- ers are focusing on CMS as they seek their footing in a bumpy start to the 116th Congress. With Congress embroiled in shutdown negotiations, stake- holders continue to work with CMS to help shape the next round of competitive bidding, including the product categories. "Discrete product categories and making sure like products are grouped together is really important," said Cara Bachen- heimer, chair of the government affairs practice at Brown & Fortunato, who, along with representatives from AAHomecare, met with CMS in early January. "And then we've got all the other issues with the bid- ding program, like capacity, bona fi de bids, licensure. We are putting together recommendations." As to when CMS will start releasing information on the L A U R A C O H E N S E E PA G E 1 5 HME NEWS POLL ■ oneCAIRE pulls together provider support programs at CAIRE, says Chris Sutherland. See page 20. ■ Product Spotlight: Check out the latest in products for the bariatrics market, including the LC-358 XL and XXL Lift Chairs from Pride Mobility Products. See pages 18-19. ■ Did you change your Medicare enrollment status? See results on page 22. Stakeholders meet with CMS PHS to replicate success Upward 3B Medical (left) and GF Health Products (right) have new corporate headquarters in Winter Haven, Fla., and Atlanta, respectively. CLINICIAN TASK FORCE GETS NEW LEADER Ventec Life gears up VOCSN V E N T E C V O C S N S E E PA G E 2 1 N E W S ■ Newspoll: Providers set priorities for 2019. PAGE 3 ■ CMS updates TPE program. PAGE 3 ■ Hit TV show recreates Abilities Expo. PAGE 3 D E PA RT M E N T S PROVIDERS ■ Paragon Ventures celebrates 25 years. PAGE 12 ■ Reporter's notebook: Year in Review. PAGE 12 MOBILITY ■ NSM enters Canadian market. PAGE 14 ■ Join 'movement' at ISS. PAGE 14 RX & SPECIALTY PROVIDERS ■ NHIA readies conference. PAGE 16 ■ Q&A: Jim Hewlett, 2018 Jim Newberry Award winner. PAGE 16 VENDORS ■ 3B Medical launches Aer POC. PAGE 20 ■ Brightree acquires Apacheta. PAGE 21 W W W . H M E N E W S . C O M C O M M E N TA RY ■ Businesses in every industry must decide whether to 'surf the wave' to success or be swamped by it, says Eli Diacopoulos of Philips. PAGE 9 They expect additional information on bid program to be released in the next few months VOLUME 25 — NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY 2019 $7.00 Accessories relief fails to clear Senate. See story page 14 P H S A N D P E S E E PA G E 1 7 BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor ARLINGTON, Va. – After being under the same leadership since it was founded 14 years ago, the Clini- cian Task Force has a new execu- tive director and a new governing structure. Cathy Carver, PT, ATP/SMS, BY LIZ BEAULIEU, Editor BOTHELL, Wash. – With payment rules and rates fi nalized for multi- function vents, Ventec Life Sys- tems, maker of the VOCSN, was ready to open the gates to new business on Jan. 1. CMS released a final rule in November that introduced a new code for multi-function vents, E0467, and outlined payment rules, including that a Medicare benefi ciary who requires a vent and only one other therapy is eli- gible for a multi-function vent. "This is really important, as almost all vent patients need at least one additional therapy," BY THERESA FLAHERTY, Managing Editor ST. PAUL, Minn. – With 30 years under its belt serving pri- marily Minnesota and Wis- consin, it's time for Pediatric Home Service to grow on a national scale, says CEO Mark Hamman. In December, the family- owned company partnered with InTandem Capital Part- ners, a healthcare services- focused private equity firm, to kick-start that growth. "Over the last couple of years my mother (founder Susan Wingert) and I have talked about trying to expand," said Hamman. "We want to provide the same outstanding care that we've done here. We feel the Minnesota model is replicable in other parts of the country." PHS offers home infusion, enteral nutrition, respiratory and specialty pharmacy ser- vices and private-duty nursing to pediatric patients across the state of Minnesota and parts of Iowa and the Dakotas. In August, it added a location in who runs the wheelchair and seating clinic at UAB S p a i n R e h a b i l i t a t i o n Center in Birmingham, Ala., became executive director on Jan. 1. She replaces Laura Cohen, PhD, PT, ATP/SMS, a principal at Rehabilita- tion & Technology Con- sultants, in Arlington, Va. "I'm going to be pur- suing new challenges," Cohen said. "In addi- tion to the CTF, I am a consultant and I plan to continue to do that, but said Chris Kiple, p re s i d e n t a n d COO of Ventec, whose VOCSN combines five respiratory ther- apies into one device: ventila- t i o n , o x y g e n , c o u g h a s s i s t , s u c t i o n a n d n e b u l i z a t i o n . "So now we're bringing integra- tion into nearly the entire world of vent patients." B e n e f i c i a - ries who have been using traditional vents can also transition to multi-function vents—unless they already "own" one of the devices that provides one of the four additional thera- pies. Those benefi ciaries can tran- sition to a multi-function vent after the fi ve-year reasonable use- ful lifetime of those devices. Additionally, CMS has released its 2019 fee schedule for DME- POS. The fee schedule varies by state, but multi-function vents will be paid about 15% to 20% more than traditional vents, Ven- tec offi cials say. "That's up 20% more every month in perpetuity," Kiple said. Chris Brooks Chris Kiple Laura Cohen MINNESOTA MODEL S TA K E H O L D E R S M E E T S E E PA G E 1 7

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