If you weren't at Medtrade last week, here's a recap of the show's top stories:
*The HME industry may have numerous cuts and fraud charges to do deal with, but challenges create opportunities, said five industry panelists during a jam-packed keynote address.
*When it comes to preparing for upcoming changes in the industryâ€”national competitive bidding, the oxygen cap and the 9.5% nationwide reimbursement cutâ€”it wouldn't hurt for providers to do a little role playing, said an industry consultant.
*Respironics and Philips Electronics plan to take advantage of their synergies to drive up revenues for home healthcare to 1 billion to 1.5 billion euros.
*ResMed has introduced a new CPAP mask designed specifically for women.
*Shoprider enters lift chair business.
*Traffic at Accreditation Central was brisk.
*Several state associations shared a common booth at Medtrade. Their goal: Take advantage of a growing interest in membership.
*For providers, launching a lobbying or public relations campaign may seem like a luxury they can't afford, but AAHomecare says that doesn't have to be the case.
*SeQual demos repair software.