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Planes, trains and competitive bidding

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

There are no direct flights from Portland to DC, so I flew in to Baltimore. That means a combination of car, plane, shuttle, train and taxi to get to my destination. I enjoyed a free business class upgrade, a flight that landed early and an easy hop on a train.

RAC audits keep provider awake

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Provider Gary Rench owns a small DME company, Sandcreek Medical in Sandpoint, Idaho. In a letter to HME News, he says he's just a normal guy trying to play by the rules and make a living.

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Industry has work cut out

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Six weeks into the program and we are hearing more and more about competitive bidding. CMS says it's going "smoothly."

AAHomecare says it's "had enough."

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Is breathing optional?

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Friday, February 4, 2011

If Medicaid beneficiaries need respiratory care, and Medicaid doesn't cover said care, where does that leave beneficiaries?

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While all eyes are on competitive bidding, it's not the only microcosm in town

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I called a provider in Mississippi the other day after my editor, heretofore known as...Liz... asked me to. Seems this person knew of over a dozen local providers that had closed their doors. Liz' theory: It must have to do with competitive bidding.

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Scammers, solicitation and slippery slopes

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

While CMS continues in its attempts to curb Medicare fraud and abuse (and rightly so), it would be nice if it were easier to separate the scams from legitimate attempts at business.

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2010: A year of bad policy, big deals and, oh yeah, competitive bidding

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

One of the most challenging aspects of writing about specialty providers is that it encompasses a variety of different markets. Need proof? Just look at the five most read specialty stories from www.hmenews.com for 2010:

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Why is it important? Why, indeed.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Unless  you live under a rock (or, are buried under a snowdrift here on the East Coast), you know that last week saw some massive snowfall.

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The time is near

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

There aren't too many providers taking my calls this morning, but I did manage to catch a few. Of course, the big thing on everyone's mind: the long-dreaded kick-off of Medicare's competitive bidding program.

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Researchers grow a pair for diabetic mice

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Well there's good news and more good news in the world of diabetes today.

First off, CMS backed off its idea to sharply limit test strips, thanks to comments made by, well, pretty much anyone who has anything to do with diabetes patients.

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