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by: Theresa Flaherty - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Do you snore? So asks a classified ad that appeared in the pages of Uncle Henry's this week, a regional catchall publication of anything you could ever hope to buy, sell or trade (the co-worker who handed me the ad was herself trying to unload some copper tubing).

The seller is offering up the machine, complete with hose and mask, for $400, a steal considering they paid $2,000 for it new.

I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the seller tried the therapy and didn't like it. It's noisy, it's uncomfortable, it's definitely un-sexy. For every CPAP success story we read (or write) about, I wonder how many hidden failure stories are out there. Would a different mask have helped this person? Did he not get the support he needed from his provider?

Theresa Flaherty

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by: Theresa Flaherty - Monday, April 27, 2009

Once again, South Florida is in the hot seat when it comes to excessive Medicare spending. This time, it's respiratory medication.

An OIG report released last week found that while only 2% of beneficiaries live in the area, they account for 17% of Medicare spending on respiratory meds in 2007. In Miami-Dade County alone, Medicare paid almost $143 million.

The average spent per beneficiary in South Florida: $4,400 compared to $815 in the rest of the country.
Theresa Flaherty

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