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AAHomecare: Registration is Now Open for the Washington Legislative Conference 2017

Each year the HME community comes together in Washington, D.C. to advocate and strengthen relationships in Congress. It is a critical gathering, made stronger by greater numbers of participants demonstrating how important our relatively small share of the Medicare budget is to the entire healthcare continuum. While we made progress in 2016 convincing more members[…]

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HME News: Stakeholders question authority to bundle

WASHINGTON – CMS does not have the authority to implement bundled bidding programs for CPAP or other HME, because it would jeopardize patient access to specific equipment, say industry stakeholders. Bundling a CPAP device, consumable items, maintenance and service into a single monthly payment will cause disruption for suppliers and will provide an incentive to[…]

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Highmark layoffs hit Harrisburg area and Pittsburgh

Highmark Health Solutions laid off 52 people this week, with 21 occurring at the Higmark operation in East Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County, and a similar amount occurring in Pittsburgh. The remainder affect Highmark locations elsewhere in Pennsylvania and in Delaware and West Virginia. Most of the affected employees will lose their jobs in early[…]

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UnitedHealth to Launch Wearable Device Coverage Plan

Health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group and big chipmaker Qualcomm are rolling out nationwide a wellness health benefit that links patients and their wearable devices to a plan that offers cash rewards for reaching health goals and specific outcomes. UnitedHealthcare Motion is more than “throwing a Fitbit at people” to do “step competitions,” Qualcomm Life chief medical officer[…]

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ATHOMES engages TayCar to handle management

The Association for Tennessee Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Services (ATHOMES) has tapped association management resources group TayCar Inc. to handle its management. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with such a strong board of directors and leaders that have accomplished so much in just a few short years,” TayCar President Beth[…]