HME News: Philips buys Australian pharmacy sleep services provider

Royal Philips has signed an agreement to buy Australian Pharmacy Sleep Services, in a move that the company says will accelerate its home sleep testing offering through the pharmacy channel in Australia. “With the addition of APSS to our sleep and respiratory care business in Australia, Philips will be able to provide better access to Read more about HME News: Philips buys Australian pharmacy sleep services provider[…]

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 Read more about AAHomecare: Registration is Now Open for the Washington Legislative Conference 2017[…]

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 Read more about HME News: Stakeholders question authority to bundle[…]

TAMC Sleep Medicine expands services through telemedicine

Aroostook County, Maine – Telemedicine is a great tool that allows for specialty services to expand into rural areas, but sometimes the reverse is true and a quality service in a rural area can be expanded into a more populated area. That is just the case of what happened in March with TAMC’s Sleep Medicine Read more about TAMC Sleep Medicine expands services through telemedicine[…]

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 Read more about Highmark layoffs hit Harrisburg area and Pittsburgh[…]

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 Read more about UnitedHealth to Launch Wearable Device Coverage Plan[…]

DME Industry Stakeholders line up for July 1 fight

Industry stakeholders and their champions in Congress are mapping out a strategy to stave off a second round of reimbursement cuts scheduled for July 1 in non-bid areas. Members of the Senate Finance Committee are in the process of drafting a letter to CMS, asking the agency to use its regulatory authority to delay the Read more about DME Industry Stakeholders line up for July 1 fight[…]

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 Read more about ATHOMES engages TayCar to handle management[…]