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Commentary: Repeal NCB: Now is the not the time to go wobbly

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03/24/2011

I realize that a lot of people are tempted to hit the panic button on competitive bidding now that Round 1 has gone live.

The competitive bidding chronicles: Month 3

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03/24/2011

To any Cincinnati contract suppliers who might be clipping this article, know this--PRO2 Respiratory may not have a contract, but they're not going away.
PRO2's local competitors want referral sources to believe otherwise; they've been engaging in what PRO2's John Reed calls "predatory marketing," sending out copies of "The competitive bidding chronicles" to support their claim that the company's going belly-up.

Letters to the editor: Prior authorizations: 'A simple fix'

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03/24/2011

In "Who's on the hook for wheelchair repairs," HME News, March 2011, it is mentioned that Medicare should go to a prior authorization vs. prepayment review. This is a question I have asked for years.

The competitive bidding chronicles: Month 2

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02/28/2011

RxStat ready to 'jump in'

The time for wait-and-see at RxStat is over.

"Now's the time to jump in," said president Sam Jarczynski.

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.

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.

Guest commentary

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01/23/2011

I was so angry, wild with fatigue, that I lifted my ugly drug store cane intending to destroy my employer’s computer printer. This was in California’s Silicon Valley. The printer was networked to nine computers.

You are not alone

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01/23/2011

It all started with an e-mail from one of our readers. It went something like this: Can’t HME News help the industry collect and report on problems that will occur as a result of competitive bidding?

Letter to the editor

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01/23/2011

I just read the December issue of HME News. It just made me sick to see the free press provided to The Scooter Store on the front page, touting their donation of a scooter to former President Bush (“Bushes receive ‘gift of mobility’).

Get a brain! It's morons, not morans

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12/22/2010

I got a call last month from Mike Kruse, a reporter with the St. Petersburg Times. Turns out a man on a moped crashed into a man driving a power wheelchair. Kruse had all kinds of questions for me: How big is the scooter market? How big is the power chair market? And on and on. I kind of enjoyed it. Usually, I'm the one asking questions so to have the tables turned was fun.

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