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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’).

'Clearly, we have our work cut out for us'

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12/22/2010

The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives has created a dramatic shift in power, mood and momentum in the new 112th Congress. The dynamics are somewhat different in the Senate, however. Republicans picked up several seats there but not enough to achieve a majority. In the Senate, 60 votes are necessary to prevent a filibuster and allow bills to move to a vote on the floor. Therefore, before any bill can move through the Senate, the Democratic majority will need to have a good number of Republicans supporting the measure, as well.

A New Year is upon us. Are you ready?

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12/22/2010

That old adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same" aptly summarizes HME providers' recent experience with Congress' and the administration's mandates. My impression, overall, is that providers do their very best to keep up and respond to each new initiative. In two very important areas, however, providers seem to be unprepared.

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.

Letter to the editor

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11/23/2010

Keep up the good work on retail ("Listen up Liz: Main Street matters and retail sales don't," HME News, October 2010).

We survive an audit, so can you

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11/23/2010

Just after the July 4 holiday, Rx Stat Inc. started getting letters from a ZPIC auditor. We thought we were safe. We don't cut corners with paperwork, and we only bill items after all of the required documentation is collected.

Growth opportunities are still available

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11/23/2010

Our industry faces unprecedented challenges. Competitive bidding, payment audits and revised supplier standards are just some of the recent regulatory requirements changing the way a supplier manages its cash flow and grows its business.

There's no way, right? Or is there?

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11/23/2010

There's no way HME providers will be cut out of the distribution model, right? I mean, who's going to deliver the product to the patient? Manufacturers aren't set up to do that, right?

Questions and answers

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11/23/2010

What's life like without Medicare?

For real results, leverage HME industry's upside

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10/28/2010

But for the HME sector, the same familiar forces will be pushing against us, perhaps even harder: the pressure to cut federal spending; the idea that the flawed bidding results are suitable benchmarks for Medicare pricing; and the eagerness of federal agencies to treat HME like a commodity industry instead of a cost-effective, service-intensive sector that plays an essential role in the continuum of care.

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