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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?

Letters to the editor: Be serious to be taken seriously

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07/25/2011

Robert is spot on ("The state of long-term oxygen therapy," HME News, July 2011). I would add that as O2 is considered a medication, more emphasis on ongoing O2 evaluation is critical in the MD office.

Letter: Not all fees are bad

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06/23/2011

It is important to clearly understand the companies program that is being responded to in order to understand the OIG's stance (See "OIG frowns on pay-to-play arrangement" on page 4).

The state of long-term oxygen therapy

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06/23/2011

"The Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) Conference; Separating Fact From Fiction" held March 31-April 1 in Orlando, Fla., was not like the typical oxygen conference. The objective of this meeting was to focus on the science of LTOT and identify the issues that are impacting effective oxygen therapy in the home. The faculty consisted of some of the most respected pulmonologists and clinicians in the country. The goal was to have an objective review of the current situation in LTOT and discuss what we know, what we don't know and what we must do to change direction in therapy to improve overall outcomes for patients needing LTOT.

The great CGM experiment

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06/23/2011

"This thing costs $1,000. Please don't drop it in the toilet. With those words of wisdom, I was ready to go. I had the opportunity in May to use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for a week. The CGM tracks blood glucose levels 24/7 to pinpoint potentially problematic patterns.

A run on the dark side of the paperwork debate

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06/23/2011

So a friend and I have made a habit of going for a stress-busting run on Wednesday nights after work. It's one of my favorite runs, one that starts and ends in the parking lot of a local grocery story on the edge of Casco Bay in South Portland, Maine, and follows a trail that winds through neighborhoods where people work on their boats in their yards and parks where lighthouses guard the coastline.

How did we 'win' the mock auction?

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05/25/2011

I attended Professor Peter Cramton's "Mock Medicare Auction" on April 1 at the University of Maryland along with 122 other stakeholders from the industry, government, academia and the press. The purpose was to better understand how a free market auction designed by economic experts would work as a potential alternative to the current fundamentally flawed bidding program designed and implemented by Medicare. I was assigned to the Harry Truman & Co. team and was partnered with a Washington D.C. healthcare reporter. Even though both of us had limited knowledge in auction theory and design, we won the exercise as the most profitable company.

You're either in business to win, or you're not

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05/25/2011

What's your plan?

I like this phrase. I use it all the time. I ask myself, my partners, my clients. It's a sharp, no-nonsense jab that gets right to it, and also forces you to look ahead--and if you're not doing that, you might as well turn out the lights.

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