Changing gears: from coal to competitive bidding


After one too many mid-Atlantic heat waves and a job offer my husband couldn’t refuse, I packed my bags for Maine, home of HME News.

In my native (Delmarva) parlance, it’s “a fer piece” from home, and to Mainers, I’m “from away.” A lot has changed, and not just the accents.

My days once involved reporting on fish surveys, power plants, wastewater treatment facilities and school board meetings. Now, I’m learning how to drive in snow and bike on hills, and what competitive bidding means.

There’s still a lot to learn.

In the six months since I joined HME News as web editor, I’ve discovered that complex rehab technology, enteral nutrition and DME exist, and that the need for them is great.

Just scratching the surface of the world of Medicare, bidding and reimbursements, I’m impressed by the tenacity of providers fighting to do business and provide essential goods and services in the face of formidable challenges.

It’s good to be here. Thanks to those of you who’ve helped me through my first couple weeks as associate editor, and I’m looking forward to working with you.