Wheelchairs, potatoes and the Grinch


This will be my 52nd blog here at HME News—about a year’s worth of comments on competitive bidding, social media and mobility issues. 

I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of how many hits my blogs get so I can try to keep writing on topics you guys are most interested in. 

Here’s the top 10 On the Move blogs for the past year:

10. The mystery of the antique wheelchair

9. Can't even get arrested in this town

8. Outcry needs to go viral 

7. Dropping Medicare like a hot potato

6. What’s in a name?

5. Being a Grinchy Grinch

4. The men behind the bill

3. Why are you keeping good news to yourself?

2. Surprises in The Scooter Store's testimony

1. Round 2 reactions: What now?

Not surprisingly, the top blog has to do with the top issue of the day: competitive bidding. Also not a surprise: The Scooter Store drew a lot of eyes. Those topics tend to interest you guys when we’re talking about news stories as well. 

My third most-read blog has to do with me whining about you guys posting to Facebook instead of letting me know when you’re doing cool stuff. (I’d prefer you do both!) It was the first social media blog I did, and I’ve tried to hit on a few other social media topics over the year—let me know if there’s any you’d like me to look into or chat about.

The men behind the bill blog was fun to write—I was curious about the gentlemen complex rehab providers had persuaded over to the separate benefit cause, and it looks like you guys were too. I’m planning a follow-up blog when Sen. Schumer introduces the Senate companion bill. 

What’s in a name?—that’s about NRRTS changing the “S” in CRTS to “Specialist” instead of “Supplier.” I wasn’t expecting the huge level of interest in that one. I guess you guys were really keen to make sure the CRTS title reflects your expertise and commitment. 

Dropping Medicare like a hot potato, Being a Grinchy Grinch and Outcry needs to go viral also touched on competitive bidding. Let me tell you—it’s on your minds and it’s on all of our minds here at HME News. 

Can’t even get arrested in this town stemmed from an ongoing situation in New York—the serious lack of accessible travel options in NYC. The taxi service, disability rights activists and city officials have been going around about what to do about that lack; meanwhile, protestors in wheelchairs got arrested and then police had to sort out the issue of transporting them to and from the police station. If only they could’ve taken a taxi! 

The mystery of the antique wheelchair was another fun one to write. A NRRTS registrant posted a photo of an antique wheelchair on the NRRTS board, and members and I joined the case to find out how old it was. 

So that’s what you’ve been interested in this past year. We’ll have to see what next year brings!