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Who can make more lemonade?

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02/27/2011

In the two months that competitive bidding has been up and running, there's been no shortage of discussions about the impact of the program on contract and non-contract suppliers.

Product pricing: Increase in the cards?

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02/27/2011

With prices for commodities, fuel, transportation and just about everything else on the rise, providers should not be surprised if product prices increase later this year, say industry watchers.

Change banner from repeal to reform

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02/27/2011

Despite years of effort by the industry to derail competitive bidding, the flawed program has been implemented in the first nine markets. And implementation of the program will begin in an additional 91 markets in the next few months.

Round 1 providers get sit-down with CMS official

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02/23/2011

CMS official Jonathan Blum said he wanted to hear firsthand how HME providers were faring under competitive bidding and yesterday he got an earful.
"No one expressed confidence in the program," said Sean Schwinghammer, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services (FAHCS).

Winter weather whips HME providers into action

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12/29/2010

Twenty inches of snow can mean a coveted "snow day" for workers in many industries, but the HME industry is not one of them.
"We can't use that as an excuse for not servicing the patient," said Joe Candiano, operations supervisor for Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Homecare Concepts. "They don't want to hear that you can't get down their street. They want their oxygen."

'Clearly, we have our work cut out for us'

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12/22/2010

The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives has created a dramatic shift in power, mood and momentum in the new 112th Congress. The dynamics are somewhat different in the Senate, however. Republicans picked up several seats there but not enough to achieve a majority. In the Senate, 60 votes are necessary to prevent a filibuster and allow bills to move to a vote on the floor. Therefore, before any bill can move through the Senate, the Democratic majority will need to have a good number of Republicans supporting the measure, as well.

RxStat: Get competitive edge with POCs

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10/31/2010

A video on the website for RxStat of St. Petersburg, Fla., features president and owner Sam Jarczynski enthusiastically touting the company's line of portable oxygen concentrators (POCs), a technology it has embraced since its earliest days.

Fred Jackson makes a living pumping gas

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10/31/2010

Provider Fred Jackson has been spending more time these days hanging around local bars.

Don't turn cylinders into missiles

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10/28/2010

When delivering oxygen, do I need to use a cart or a bag to carry cylinders into the patient's home?

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