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Letter to the editor

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04/26/2010

I would like to submit a clarification that might make the intent and provisions of H.R. 4662, the Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment Cost Saving Act of 2010, a little clearer.

PR stands for pathetic response

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04/26/2010

Scattered throughout this issue are news stories about public relations.

CMS: Master of the double standard

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03/25/2010

CMS expects HME providers to have their ducks in a row. When providers submit claims, for example, the agency expects those claims to adhere to certain coverage policy and documentation requirements.

'I wish none of this had happened'

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03/25/2010

As I was lying on the couch one day last month, feeling very sick and doped up on azithromycin, Tylenol, Sudafed and Robitussin, I came across an article by Robert J. Samuelson, Newsweek's resident economic curmudgeon.

HME Excellence Awards

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03/25/2010

HME Excellence Awards judges scrutinize every detail when determining which nominees get to step up onto the podium and often it's the little things that make the difference.

Letters to the editor

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03/25/2010

'They just don't care about the little guy'

Why expect anything better?

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03/22/2010

What exactly did you expect from CNN (See “CNN News investigates Medicare payements,” HME News, September 2009)? A few quick bullets to the back of the head is what we got. Believe me—they knew exactly what they were doing.

Congress: Here's how to stop those crooks

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03/22/2010

I have felt for several years that the starting point of Medicare fraud and abuse is the NSC letting crooks have a supplier number.

The five commandments

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03/16/2010

Many providers built their businesses in the oxygen market. Now, with a few decades of performance history behind us, there are some things we know for certain. Providers are very resilient and tenacious. They have proven abilities to change processes quickly, and, historically, they have taken the high road when it comes to doing the right thing for patients and their families, even if it means, sometimes, not getting paid for it. To continue this "can-do" attitude, there are some practices providers need to embrace going forward.

Ensure survival through change

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03/16/2010

It's old news now that complex rehab companies are under the gun. For example, while they received an exemption from national competitive bidding, they also got hit with a 9.5% Medicare reduction effective Jan. 1, 2009. Unfortunately, there is neither a silver bullet nor a great business secret that can be used to solve the challenges stemming from reimbursement reductions. Companies have been forced to look at a variety of changes to ensure survival.

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