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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.

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.

The opportunity to affect change is very real

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10/28/2010

We are at a crossroads. There are decisions before us that will dramatically impact all DME stakeholders and we have a responsibility to each other to work together to preserve consumer access and protect our businesses. The direction we take now will determine nothing less than the future of our industry.

The purchase option, fraud and the best of both worlds

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10/28/2010

Most wheelchair providers I've talked to support a delay in the elimination of the first-month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs. More than a handful of industry and consumer groups, and numerous lawmakers support the idea, too.

Don't be afraid—be smart

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10/28/2010

A few years ago, we worked with a company that was struggling. They were slumping under the weight of reimbursement changes and operating inefficiently. Thankfully, the leadership realized that something had to give and changes needed to be made to find a way back to success. They needed to focus on core competencies and streamline operations to position themselves for the present and the future. If they didn't make substantive changes, they would fail.
That company was Invacare.

CMS: Knock it off with the hubris

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10/28/2010

If you missed the recent Associated Press story about a generation of nincompoops, e-mail me.

It's back to the future for home care

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09/26/2010

Dr. Steve Landers of the Cleveland Clinic said something very interesting at Invacare's annual Media Day in late August. He called home care

Letter to the editor

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09/26/2010

After reading "CMS proposes aggressive stance on oxygen" (HME News, August 2010), what stuck me was the unintended consequence of this flawed policy of making providers who service oxygen patients on or after month 18 of their 36-month rental payment period responsible to

Don't let performance improvement fatigue set in

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09/26/2010

Operational efficiency has become a commonly used phrase as HME providers figure out how to deal with declining reimbursement and rising costs.

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