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Hello, HME News? This is the GAO

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03/16/2010

One morning last month, I, the humble executive editor of HME News, spent 40 minutes on the phone with four Government Accountability Office (GAO) officials, answering questions about Medicare's home oxygen benefit.

The five commandments

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03/16/2010

Many providers built their businesses in the oxygen market. Now, with a few decades of performance history behind us, there are some things we know for certain. Providers are very resilient and tenacious. They have proven abilities to change processes quickly, and, historically, they have taken the high road when it comes to doing the right thing for patients and their families, even if it means, sometimes, not getting paid for it. To continue this "can-do" attitude, there are some practices providers need to embrace going forward.

Maybe we're missing the bigger picture, Mike

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

So Deutsche Bank is looking for some data on HME and competitive bidding. So what? Happens all the time in industries across the world. In fact, HME News, under Executive Director Mike Moran, also collects data.

CMS officials 'impressed' by Roberts Home Medical

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03/03/2010

CMS officials visit Roberts Home Medical.

Typo, math dyslexia or typical government officials? You be the judge

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Did you listen to CMS' Open Door Forum last week? I did.

Do you remember how CMS officials said they had added 220 NPIs to the PECOS enrollment records? And how callers questioned that tiny number? And how CMS officials stood by it?

Unaccredited pharmacies hang tight

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Monday, October 5, 2009

While the community pharmacy industry waits to see what happens with a last minute Congressional push to extend the accreditation deadline for pharmacies, there is confusion over what they should do in the meantime.

Pharmacy extension could be a reality

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Pharmacies are likely to receive an extension on getting accredited, but what do you do in the meantime?

Bill Popomaronis, from the NCPA which has been working with CMS to alleviate some confusion, sent me the following:

An appeal for help

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Michael Watson has some real concerns about CMS's proposal to change the Medicare appeals process, and the industry should feel the same way, he says. Unfortunately, because CMS published the proposal in the Federal Register Dec.

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