Missed Medtrade?


If you weren't at Medtrade last week, here's a recap of the show's top stories:

*The HME industry may have numerous cuts and fraud charges to do deal with, but challenges create opportunities, said five industry panelists during a jam-packed keynote address.

*When it comes to preparing for upcoming changes in the industry—national competitive bidding, the oxygen cap and the 9.5% nationwide reimbursement cut—it wouldn't hurt for providers to do a little role playing, said an industry consultant.

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*Respironics and Philips Electronics plan to take advantage of their synergies to drive up revenues for home healthcare to 1 billion to 1.5 billion euros.

*ResMed has introduced a new CPAP mask designed specifically for women.

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*Shoprider enters lift chair business.

*Traffic at Accreditation Central was brisk.

*Several state associations shared a common booth at Medtrade. Their goal: Take advantage of a growing interest in membership.

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*For providers, launching a lobbying or public relations campaign may seem like a luxury they can't afford, but AAHomecare says that doesn't have to be the case.

*SeQual demos repair software.

For these stories and more, read Show Daily #2 and Show Daily #3.

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