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Let's put a stop to the government's game of 'gotcha'

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09/25/2011

Recent government reports highlight high error rates and levels of improper payments related to claims for power mobility devices (PMD). Subsequent news coverage lays the blame squarely on durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, while ignoring the real cause, the government itself. CMS has for many years ignored pleas from physicians and the PMD industry to provide a clear objective standard for documenting medical necessity and a multi-page clinical guide to assist physicians in satisfying documentation requirements in a uniform manner. This strategy enables CMS and its contractors to apply confusing subjective policies to deny legitimate PMD claims either upon initial filing or via multiple post-pay audit cycles. Subsequently, misleading reports are issued using deceptive data that results in new levels of Congressional legislative action. As an industry, we should expect more from our government and its agencies.

Publisher's letter: It's time to take advantage of social media

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09/25/2011

Everybody's doing it...blogging, tweeting and Facebooking, that is. Or at least it seems so. Social media is all the rage these days. But is it important for businesses? How do you get started? And just as importantly, how do you keep it going?

Can any healthcare provider be compliant?

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09/25/2011

With everything going on in the HME industry right now, it's hard to believe that any other industry has it as bad.

Stand up and be counted

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09/25/2011

AAHomecare will host its semi-annual reception to raise funds for the Stand Up for Homecare Campaign on the first evening of Medtrade--Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center. Please attend this reception and help enhance public awareness about the entire home medical equipment sector.

Medtrade: Are you coming...or going?

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09/25/2011

Endless healthcare debates, byzantine regulations and cutthroat competition have fractured the HME industry. Add the crippling economic turmoil of the last several years, particularly the recent debt crisis, and it's no wonder the industry teeters on the brink.

Why wait and see?

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08/25/2011

Just before we went to press with the September issue, lawmakers passed a debt deal that allowed the government to keep paying its bills under one condition: That $1.5 trillion be shaved from the budget deficit by Thanksgiving. (Now there's a reason to give thanks!)

There's nothing competitive about your bidding process

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08/25/2011

Dear Uncle Sam: Coming off this most patriotic season bridging Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, I wanted to remove my cap, place a hand over my heart and ask you, with utmost respect and sincerity: Have you lost your freakin' mind?

The consummate lobbyist

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08/25/2011

For those of us lucky enough to have worked with and known David Williams, we know the real meaning of passion, commitment and tenacity.

Letters to the editor: Pat Nally: A wise friend

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08/25/2011

I would like to make mention of the passing of Pat Nally, Nov. 11, 1919, to June 11, 2011. Pat was the senior vice president of sales and marketing and a board member during the early and growing years at Invacare.

David Williams: The HME industry's white knight

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08/25/2011

How do you go about writing a eulogy for Superman, someone you thought just might never succumb to kryptonite or any other element earth could throw at him that would surely do in any mere mortal?

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