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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 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.

'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.

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