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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.

20th anniversary of ADA: A time of celebration and shame

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09/26/2010

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landmark legislation that helped bring people with disabilities into the mainstream. Historically, society tended to isolate and segregate individuals with disabilities.

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.

Listen up Liz: Maine Street matters, retail sales don't

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09/26/2010

It was mid-August, and I was only 12 cold calls into my usual 20 per day for three days, hunting for stories for this issue, when I heard some providers making some pretty strong statements.

The first of the two providers told me:

Some relationship advice for CMS

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08/26/2010

Did you see the July 16 edition of "Mobility Matters," the bulletin that AAHomecare publishes to educate lawmakers and policymakers, among others, on the power mobility benefit?

Competitive bidding: What are your options?

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08/26/2010

If I had been asked to come up with the most unworkable program imaginable, I could not have dreamed up competitive bidding. However, until the program collapses, we have to deal with it.

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