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VGM analyzes DME provisions in Senate reform bill

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Senate Finance Committee has released the legislative language for its health reform bill, "America's Health Future Act of 2009." The committee approved the bill by a margin of 14 to 9 on Oct. 13.

Fraud and abuse, squirrels, competitive bidding, the bomb and civilian casualties

Monday, October 19, 2009

I had a strange epiphany this weekend about Medicare fraud and abuse and the great futile lengths CMS has gone to eradicate it.

Call me. We'll talk.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So, I am here in the office today, making the telephonic rounds of all you providers (at least those of you who will take my call) out there to get a feeling for what's keeping you up at night.

Bill to repeal competitive bidding introduced

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chemical Wedding Under Suspicion psp A bill to repeal the perennially unpopular national competitive bidding program was int

Home medical equipment and the laws of nature

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I know AAHomecare and other industry leaders have worked hard to demonstrate the value of home medical equipment, but that message is a hard sell when reporters keep comng out with stories like this one from Fox News:

Fox fiddles fraud story while provider burns

Monday, October 5, 2009

Provider Dallas Jackson got a rude awakening this morning. It seems Fox News is doing a piece comparing Medicare reimbursement for DME like hospital beds to—you guessed it—Internet pricing.

I'll have a cigar and martini with my homecare

Friday, October 2, 2009

Here’s some good news for your kids and grand kids, and I would add, homecare providers: Half of all babies born in industrialized nations since the year 2000 can expect to live to 100, according to

Forget healthcare reform. Give Medicare to everyone

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What a waste of time all this back and forth on healthcare reform has been. The answer's been right in front of our faces the whole time: Expand Medicare to everyone.