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Home Oxygen Services, Philips partner on ‘virtual’ model


MODESTO, Calif. – Provider Todd Usher says there’s a better way to get patients set up on oxygen and it doesn’t involve delivery trucks.

CMS upends oxygen CMN


WASHINGTON – CMS has changed the guidelines for reporting a patient’s oxygen flow rate on a CMN, a move that will have two serious implications for providers, particularly those servicing the critically ill, says Andrea Stark.

LifeCare Solutions leaves California

Bid rates are ‘unsustainable,’ says company’s CEO

PHOENIX – LifeCare Solutions has begun transitioning patients as it prepares to exit the California market, says company exec Robert Fahlman.

RRI reaches 15-year milestone


ST. LOUIS – Responsive Respiratory, Inc. celebrates 15 years in business as a manufacturer and distributor of high-pressure home oxygen equipment and supplies this year.

Congresswoman releases support letter


WASHINGTON – Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. R-Wash., is circulating a sign-on letter asking HHS Secretary Tom Price to make significant changes to HME policy.

Inogen sees growth curve for POCs


GOLETA, Calif. – Are Inogen’s continued strong earnings a sign that HME providers are finally adopting portable oxygen concentrators in larger numbers?

Yes, says CEO Scott Wilkinson, but don’t get too carried away.

Pacific Pulmonary settles whistleblower lawsuit


NOVATO, Calif. – Pacific Pulmonary Services has agreed to pay $11.4 million to resolve allegations that it participated in a kickback scheme for home oxygen and sleep therapy equipment.

The company admits to no wrongdoing.

Non-delivery delivers results

Provider Todd Usher says technology and a non-delivery model have given hime a 'fighting chance'

The cornerstone of Home Oxygen Company is its non-delivery model, says co-founder Todd Usher. The Modesto, Calif.-based provider started out as an oxygen provider in 2007 and has grown to include a full line of home medical equipment and supplies.

Linde, Praxair announce mega merger


MUNICH and DANBURY, Conn. – Linde and Praxair have announced their intention to merge, creating a company with revenues of about $30 billion and a current market value of more than $65 billion.

In brief: CQRC urges passage of bid-delay, Vertess closes three deals


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care this week urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would delay steep cuts to reimbursement for home oxygen.