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It's not the economy, stupid. It's you.

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08/26/2010

Is the economy still struggling? Yes. Are the various government-endorsed stimuli helping? Slowly. Do the Goldman Sachs shenanigans and other depressing headlines hamper the recovery? They sure do. Are too many businesses using the poor economy as a crutch? You bet your ass.

Readers to Mike Moran: Not so fast

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08/26/2010

Would it be totally off the wall to suggest that Medicare remove a bunch of HME products from the fee schedule? I’m not talking about oxygen and power wheelchairs and some of the bigger more expensive items that some seniors (but certainly not all) might have trouble paying for. I’m talking about stuff that could be considered a commodity. Things like walkers, commodes, cane handgrips, bedside rails, trays. That kind of stuff.

Summit speakers share their best business advice

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07/22/2010

How do you determine what is profitable business for your company? If you rely solely upon gross profit, you could be missing some valuable intelligence on the true winners or losers.  A lot happens between the gross profit and net profit line on a P&L.

Letters to the editor

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07/22/2010

No one can stay in business with these new bids (Reaction to bid amounts: ‘I don’t know if we can make our way through this,’ HME News, August 2010). Even if they were able to double their volume, do they have the capital needed to support the growth?

Keep calling us—under one condition

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07/22/2010

As we scrambled wildly to keep up with the news leading up to the printing of this issue, I couldn’t help but think: If we’re this strung out, as mere third-party observers and reporters, what’s it like to be an actual HME provider right now?

Letter to the editor

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07/22/2010

We went through one of these audits at the beginning of the year and did not get paid for about eight weeks (“Provider survives cuts, recession only to fall victim to ZPIC audit,” HME News, August 2010). We are still trying to dig out of the havoc this caused.

This is a good problem to have

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06/22/2010

There's a detail that I failed to report in my coverage of CELA in the June issue: 60 of the 166 rehab industry and clinical professionals that participated in the event were there representing ATG Rehab.

The inevitable audit and empowered provider

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06/22/2010

So many audits, so little time! That's how many suppliers are describing the overwhelming number of audit requests they are receiving from CMS's contractors.

Letter to the editor: There must be a better way

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06/22/2010

How long do these people have to do an audit and hold up our cash flow? Are there any rules to this game?

If I'm an idiot, then what is CMS?

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06/22/2010

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk at HME News' world headquarters here in Yarmouth, Maine, when as often happens, my phone rang. I picked up the receiver and said, "Hello, this is Mike."

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