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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.

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?

Put on your 3-D glasses

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07/25/2011

The projectors behind the three, 8-foot screens show a virtual reality world that can improve the environment where home medical equipment HME is used. Professor John I. Messner's Immersive Construction (ICon) Laboratory at Penn States Architectural Engineering Department is a dark, windowless room where the healthcare facilities being viewed seem so real there is a special world for it: immersion.

Letters to the editor: Here's an idea to fight fraud

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07/25/2011

How about having Congress pass legislation that the NSC has to have a surety bond to cover all the new fraudulent suppliers that it lets into the 

An HME provider is the complete package

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07/25/2011

I think its worth highlighting a comment to one of my blogs about a recent OIG advisory opinion criticizing arrangements between DME providers and sleep labs whereby the DME provider pays the sleep lab to perform certain services related to setting up patients on CPAP devices and educating them.

You wont be disappointed

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07/25/2011

The learning experience is second to none. If you're an owner or manager of an HME company, this education event is for you. Well present a look forward with fact-based presentations and real industry thought leaders to help you prepare your business for the future. For instance, you'll hear from a physician who's a nationally recognized advocate for care in the home. There'll be tips and insights from competitive bidding participants. Well reveal and interpret our most recent Financial Benchmark Survey data. You'll hear about what you're missing by not doing social media and then well give you tips on how to make it work in your company. And theres much more, including a session about reducing hospital re-admissions and a panel of leading M&A specialists who can help answer the question, should I buy or should I sell?

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