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Medicare sees a number, not someone’s mother

Friday, January 30, 2015
Gary Rench

I need to call a patient's family and tell them that I either have to pick up the hospital bed they are renting from me, or they have to sign a document that states they are willing to pay privately.

Nurse advocates and secret buyers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

When we get started on a new issue, we spend a couple of days calling providers, consultants, attorneys…you name it. Not everything we hear makes it into print, but often what we hear is interesting nonetheless.

Snow my god

Monday, January 26, 2015

As winter storm Juno stretches her white arms across New England, there is a palpable sense of anticipation permeating throughout HME News headquarters: the promise of a snow day.

On the Summit trail

Friday, January 23, 2015

The 2015 HME News Business Summit, Sept. 13-15 in Nashville, may be more than seven months away, but it has already become a daily part of my to-do list.

I’ve started making calls to past attendees, asking them what would be their dream session.

The biggest obstacle to aging in place? Dad.

Monday, January 19, 2015

After being threatened with a walker, my dad has finally begun using (occasionally) a cane. Not always successfully. He tends to carry it, which kind of defeats the purpose. The cane is not from your local DME or pharmacy.

Consolidation, coaching and the care continuum

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HME News taped a bunch of HME News TV interviews at Medtrade in October. I always enjoy previewing these interviews—there are so many hidden gems in them that can get you motivated about the industry, your company, your employees, you name it.

A good news week

Friday, January 9, 2015

I blogged last week about how the industry saw some good progress, but no resolutions, on its top issues of competitive bidding and audits in 2014.

Well, it’s off to a good start in 2015.

Planet Provider?

Monday, January 5, 2015

The other night I was on my way to the gym and I was listening to NPR (the poor man’s XM satellite radio). The podcast was about how low-cost gyms rake in members without going out of business. The gym I was driving to? Planet Fitness. The example NPR used? Planet Fitness.

Rip Van Winkle? Not so much

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

You’d think, after taking a three-month maternity leave, that I’d I feel a little bit more Rip Van Winkle about the HME industry.

And to all, a good night

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Boy, there’s belt-tightening all over the HME industry. Take today when I received my annual birthday card (I am a Christmas Eve baby) from my wing mates.