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I’m just the cleanup crew

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

This one’s for you, dear providers who aren’t on twitter.

AAHomecare included an item in its Wednesday in Washington bulletin this week on updated data for HME’s share of total Medicare spending. Turns out it’s down to 1.11% in 2016 from 1.22% in 2015.

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Year in review: The next front materializes, and the impact piles up

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Here’s a look at the most read stories for 2017. I know there are still 32 days left in 2017 (who’s counting), but I couldn’t help myself (and I needed a blog topic).

It's a diabetes thing

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Last week, I mentioned to editor Liz that I needed to leave early for a dentist appointment.

“It seems like you’ve been going to the dentist a lot,” she said.

“Yep. I go four times a year now,” I replied.

“Is that a diabetes thing?” she asked.

Always the easy target

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Boston TV station recently ran an “I-Team” piece on a man who needed a brace after twisting his knee and who was charged nearly $700 for said brace by a local supply company because he hadn’t met his deductible.

'All the stuff'

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

We flew into Atlanta on Sunday afternoon and after an early dinner, followed by drinks in the lobby bar at the Omni, I found myself killing a bit of time (a.k.a playing with my phone).

Statistics, silver linings, no sense

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Friday, October 20, 2017

I’ve had a few conversations now where the people I’m talking to try to find the silver lining in the statistic that the number of DME locations has dropped about 40% since 2013, when Medicare’s competitive bidding program began to really gain steam.

Move over CMS, as HME makes way for CMR

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ICYMI, there’s a new acronym in town. It is CMR, as in, CMR spearheaded a letter pressuring the OMB to release the IFR. ASAP.

Also as in, CMR is circulating draft language seeking to provide some rural relief from the NCB program and address the double dip in 02 reimbursement.

Diabetes, online communities and an American Girl

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Like many people this week, I’ve had Tom Petty in heavy rotation. He died after a heart attack Monday, one week to the day after the last night of his 40th anniversary world tour.

How you can self-advocate with videos & People for Quality Care

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
By Kelly Turner and Lisa Wells

Editor’s note: Kelly and Lisa wrote this for end users. As HME providers, this is a great tool that you can use to inform your patients and customers to advocate for themselves and, in turn, your businesses.

Is bid fix up in the air?

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

For HME providers who have wondered what HHS Secretary and industry champion Tom Price has been up to while they wait for a competitive bidding fix, we now have an answer.

Jetsetting.

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