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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:

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.

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.

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.

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?

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