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Let's build on our momentum

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04/26/2010

The HME sector has more than its fair share of challenges ahead: the competitive bidding program, the oxygen cap, burdens on mobility providers, the device tax, regulatory issues. The list is long and daunting.

'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'

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.

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.

Hello, HME News? This is the GAO

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03/16/2010

One morning last month, I, the humble executive editor of HME News, spent 40 minutes on the phone with four Government Accountability Office (GAO) officials, answering questions about Medicare's home oxygen benefit.

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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