When it rains, it pours


I just heard Managing Editor Theresa Flaherty apologizing to someone on the phone for not reaching back out to them yet regarding some news that we initially reported on late last week (Sorry Lisa!).

That’s pretty representative of this week so far.

Some days the news cycle seems so slow, it’s hard to string together a couple of briefs to update our website.

Other days, when it rains, it pours (This is also a literal description of the weather in Maine at the moment; I shudder to look at the 10-day forecast).

CMS announces the contract suppliers for the Round 2 re-compete.

VGM reports that a bill to delay an upcoming second round of Medicare cuts is on its way to the House floor.

AAH reports that “positive guidance” on vents is expected from the DME MACs this week.

The O&P community succeeds in getting a bill introduced in the House that would halt dramatic changes to coverage for prosthetic devices.

Hollister and Byram agree to pay $20.7 million combined to resolve allegations that they engaged in a kickback scheme designed to increase sales and profits.

It goes on and on.

This got thrown into the mix this afternoon: A law firm, Kotchen & Low, is soliciting stories from HME providers about how ResMed is “hurting” their businesses.

“Lend your voice to 3B Medical’s fight to level the playing field and open the market to competition,” the firm says.

One provider commented on the news on twitter with the hashtag #gangster.

Theresa said: “Not sure we want to touch this with a 10-foot CPAP hose.”

Add to all of this that our educational program for this year’s HME News Business Summit should go live at www.hmesummit.com this week (woo hoo!), that our annual HME Financial Benchmarking Survey should go live this week, too (please participate), and that we’re seeking applications and nominations for this year’s HME News Excellence Awards (Thanks, Katherine Sims, for the nomination this morning!).

Is it 5 o’clock yet?