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I haven't seen so much HME in one place since my last visit to Black Bear Medical.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

They came clutching Medicare cards, fingers wrapped firmly around cane handles and rollator grips.

I haven't seen so much home medical equipment in one place since my last visit to Black Bear Medical.

Pulmonologists blacklisting providers? Beneficiaries taking CPAPs hostage? The crazy world of compliance.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's been just over a year since Medicare's new compliance requirements went into effect for CPAP. Over the past year, I have checked in regularly with CPAP providers to see how its going. For the most part, providers take the good with the bad and simply try to take care of patients.

An infusion of sponsors

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Monday, December 7, 2009

We hear a  lot about industry efforts to repeal competitive bidding, the oxygen cap, etc. But another effort continues to chug quietly along: getting Medicare to cover home infusion therapy. The most recent effort, The Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act, continues to gain sponsors.

Accreditation reprieve nears end

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Friday, December 4, 2009

CMS is circulating a reminder to pharmacists: If  you're not accredited, your time is almost up. In October, the deadline for accreditation was pushed to Jan. 1, 2010.

Not every cat has nine lives. And that's OK.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

There was a reader essay in my local Maine Sunday paper yesterday: a goodbye to a "much-loved" cat. The cat, a 16-year-old Siamese, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Average Joe tries to save Medicare money; Medicare says 'no thanks'

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Few people know about senseless government waste more than HME providers. But it seems beneficiaries might be taking notice as well.

Ohio bill backs prosthetic parity

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A bill making the rounds in Ohio would exempt prosthetics from the DME category and make private insurance companies provide the same coverage for limbs as Medicare and Medicaid.

Rep. Denise Driehaus, D, introduced HB 310 last week.

Grassley's at it again

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Monday, October 5, 2009

In a press release posted to IowaPolitics.com today, Sen. Chuck  Grassley, R-Iowa, uses power wheelchair fraud as an example of why Medicare's a "money pit."

Amy Leopard: Consider joint ventures

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09/30/2009

With national competitive bidding, the industry is in a state of flux, says Amy Leopard. Suppliers are figuring out how they can affiliate and be strong suppliers for national competitive bidding and for negotiation in general.

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