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Define excellence

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09/09/2014

HME News Publisher Rick Rector and I had an excellent conversation with the judges of the HME Excellence Awards in July, during which we pondered the following question: What’s the definition of excellence and how has it changed?

Here is the real story about audits

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09/09/2014

Editor’s note: The following is a letter to the editor from Van Miller that appeared in the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier in July.

Sleep landscape: An open letter to Marilyn Tavenner

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09/09/2014

Dear Ms. Tavenner: I write this letter based on my experience as the executive director of the American Sleep Apnea Association from May 2004 to March 2014. The opinions and recommendations expressed here are my own and not those held by the association.

Why the pressure to reduce readmissions will change the future of oxygen referrals

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09/09/2014

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act the whole U.S. healthcare system is being challenged to remodel itself. Largely, these challenges are financially driven. For the DME industry, it’s national competitive bidding, and for hospitals, it’s reducing 30-day readmissions.

Integration: Mobile is here to play. Are you?

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06/20/2014

Online, cash, retail, e-commerce, amazon, mobile. These are all buzzwords that HME providers are familiar with, but how exactly can they integrate them into their businesses to not only add revenue streams, but also complimentary services and programs?

Revenue cycle management checklist

Form a 'line of sight' team to review process performance, identify opportunities and align initiatives
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06/20/2014

The revenue cycle management function has come a long way for DME/HME companies with a recent paradigm shift in thinking from a cost center to a profit center view. Unfortunately, this shift in mindset has not led to an industry breakthrough solution.

Do you still think we don't provide value?

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06/20/2014

I wanted to share with you an incident that happened with us on June 5. I have a local DME company (American Medical Equipment, Inc.) in Memphis, Tenn.

Help us unlock impact of audits

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06/20/2014

The healthcare industry as a whole has realized that every sector must join together to get out-of-control audits under control.

Be part of something bigger

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06/20/2014

You’ll notice that a number of sessions at this year’s HME News Business Summit look outward for answers. (See the full educational program at www.hmesummit.com.)

Comments reflect lack of confidence

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05/23/2014

Editor’s note: AAHomecare reviewed the 185 public comments submitted in response to a CMS proposal to expand competitive bidding nationwide and found that the overwhelming majority of them were critical, with many citing ramifications in areas already experienc

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