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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.

Updated data, CMS’s central office and The Circus Ship

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We go live with 2016 data for our HME Databank on Oct. 1. I’ve been playing around in a test site this week, and let me tell you, the data ain’t pretty.

Free legal advice Friday

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Friday, September 22, 2017

When you speak to industry attorneys, you get a wealth of information, more than can fit into a 400-word story for the November issue. So here are some outtakes from my recent conversations with Jeff Baird:

Same or separate

Like taking candy from a baby. Or, carbohydrates from The Kid.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Last week, I was working diligently to wrap up my work on the October issue of HME News when I suddenly thought: low blood sugar.

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‘It’s called cost shifting and it’s bad for Americans’

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Friday, September 15, 2017

A wrote a blog a few weeks back called “Head banging” about the share of Medicare spending on DME, and the concentration of Medicare spending in different areas of health care.

A big ouch for Lincare

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Friday, August 11, 2017

The data is starting to trickle in for this year’s State of the Industry Report, which we’ll publish online in December. One of those pieces of data: the top 100 suppliers by amount allowed by Medicare.

Outlier snacks, data and the tyranny of the blank (logbook) page

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Monday, August 7, 2017

When it comes to data in healthcare, nothing does it like diabetes.

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