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If CMS doesn't value respiratory therapists, can HMEs continue to employ them?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Here's a $64,000 question: If Medicare continues to cut reimbursement for home respiratory services, what will providers do to offset those cuts?

The days of the Golden Commode are over

Friday, March 19, 2010

Check out this email I received a few weeks ago from a provider I've known for a while and respect:

Deutsche Bank's sniffing around the HME industry, trying to dig up information on providers

Friday, March 12, 2010

Deutsche Bank, one of the largest banks in the world, is up to something.
Check out this phone conversation I had this morning with Darren Lehrich, a bank official.
- Hello, this is Darren.

R.I.P. Did you know Chuck Fierce?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, an "old home care rep" named George Soutiere sent me a tribute to his good friend Chuck Fierce. I never knew Chuck, who passed away last fall, but I suspect a lot of folks in the HME industry probably did. Here's the tribute George emailed me.

Did you know that it could take two to four years to diversify your product mix? I did not know that

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HME providers have recently peppered industry consultant Wallace Weeks with questions related to how they can best diversify their product and payer mix.

Robert J. Samuelson, "Lord of the Rings" and the end of the world as we know it

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I'm "working" from home today. I don't usually do that, but last week my wife and I took the kids on vacation to Arizona, and I caught the worst cold (or maybe it is the plague) of my life. That seems like some kind of perverse joke, doesn't it?

"The AARP is the second largest employer in Washington D.C. We are screwed."

Friday, February 12, 2010

I had an energetic conversation recently with a guy who called to bend my ear on out-of-control health care spending in the United States and the home medical equipment industry.

When we are forced to choose between our young and our seniors, it really is a sorry state of affairs.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

At some point in this country, people are going to rise up against senior citizens. The gray hairs won't be attacked or thrown into jail, but they will be thrown dirty looks, and the AARP will be viewed at as a detriment to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States.