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Respiratory rocker

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tune in tonight to see Amanda Overmyer, a 23-year-old respiratory therapy nurse, compete on American Idol. The show's judges named Overmyer as one of their final 24 contestants last week.

Pennsylvania HME association unveils competitive bidding study

Monday, February 18, 2008

Here's the text of a press release issued today by the Pennsylvania HME association.

An idea that won't go away

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Back in 2006, CMS thought it would be a good idea to compare Medicare and Internet pricing for power wheelchairs to help create new fee schedule amounts. After an uproar from the industry, however, the agency relented.

An appeal for help

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Michael Watson has some real concerns about CMS's proposal to change the Medicare appeals process, and the industry should feel the same way, he says. Unfortunately, because CMS published the proposal in the Federal Register Dec.

No rest for the weary in the HME industry

Thursday, January 17, 2008

No sooner does the industry escape Medicare reimbursement cuts to oxygen and power wheelchairs, than more cuts are back on the table.

U.S. healthcare spending outpaces inflation

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

CMS released its annual report on health care spending today. There's no mention of HME but, according to the actuaries, home health care continues to be the fastest growing component of all personal health care spending, 9.9% annually in 2006.

CMS reveals next 70 NCB areas

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Want to find out if your company's located in one of the 70 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) where CMS plans to expand competitive bidding in 2009?