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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.

Where's the rest of the story?

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03/16/2010

Just before we went to press with this issue, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report stating Medicare pays about four times acquisition cost for standard power wheelchairs and about two times acquisition cost for complex power wheelchairs.

Think you won't get audited? Think again

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03/03/2010

Q&A with consultant Jeanie Lane

Some cut where it hurts most

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03/03/2010

I read a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in January about the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) cutting its $6-million-a-year wheelchair program due to a decrease in donations and a poor return on its investments, both results of the poor economy.

Oxygen One shows off its strengths

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03/03/2010

Oxygen One earns first runner-up in the respiratory category.

Letter to the editor

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03/03/2010

Physician gives his take on Medicare's new PECOS system.

Letter to the editor

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01/26/2010

I read with great curiosity the article in the January 2010 edition regarding The Scooter Store, and Mr. Harrison's various and obviously unrestrained and not fully thought out comments. I am still shaking my head in disbelief.

Stand up to physicians

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01/26/2010

Just before we went to press with this issue, I listened to an "ask-the-contractor" teleconference for HME providers on CMS's comprehensive error rate testing program (CERT). The DME MACs hosted the teleconference as part of a new education initiative.

Commentary

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01/26/2010

There is a "For Rent" sign in front of a 5,200-square-foot office/warehouse space facing Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Fla.

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