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Letters to the editor: Hail the French

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10/30/2011

Having lived and traveled in both France and other parts of Europe for several years, I believe that what we Americans think of as "cutting edge" reform and tools have been in place overseas for decades (See "CMS takes new approach to fraud," HME News, August 2011). Our government must very quickly revamp the current archaic system of Medicare and reimbursement. American private insurance companies are gouging the public with little coverage and huge premiums, which continue to rise without any effective government oversight.

Patients, products and payers: Three essential elements of success

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10/30/2011

We operate in a highly complex industry facing a complicated and seemingly ever-changing landscape of challenges to navigate.

2011 HME Excellence Awards

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10/30/2011

SALT LAKE CITY - Anyone looking for three steps to HME success won't get it from Jay Broadbent.

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.

Letters to the editor: Show your support

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09/25/2011

I am writing this letter regarding the owner of Nichole Medical, Dominic Rotella, and his fight against contractor/auditor TriCenturion. I urge you to read this important story: Provider wants auditor to pay on page XX. This is a matter that can affect us all because it points to the fact that CMS and its contractors hold all of the power and we are susceptible to however they wish to yield it. Dominic in no way requested me to write about this situation. I simply felt like I had to take part in this effort.

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.

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!)

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