Get the sugar out, folks, it's time to make lemonade


Despite cloudy skies over Jacksonville, the providers attending this year's MED Group National Respiratory Conference seem to have a somewhat sunny disposition. They are interested in what's going on and what they can do to stay viable.

Today's speakers included Phil Porte and Patrick Dunne, both of whom I am sure you've heard of.

Both made some interesting observations/comments today that got me thinking.

Phil compared the 36 month cap on oxygen to the Medicare Part D donut hole and, you know, he's right. It is a big gap for patients (and providers) to fall into after that 36 months is up, but before they hit that five-year mark.

He also had some straight talk for providers about health care reform. It's here to stay. For those of you lollygagging around and saying, "Maybe it'll get repealed," it's time to face the music.  It won't.

So yes, certain aspects of the new health care reform law are in play at this year's event, as well as discussions on the latest CPAP guidance and other common concerns of the respiratory provider.

As part of health care reform law, hospitals apparently have to reduce hospital readmissions, and Patrick talked about how providers can position themselves to help hospitals do just that. There's too much to get into right now, but HME News will take a closer look at this topic. Meanwhile, I leave you with this comment of Patrick's which seems to sum it all up nicely:

"If it looks like a barrel of lemons to you, get some sugar and learn to make lemonade."

Theresa Flaherty



Theresa, you hit the nail on the head (as usual).

I think providers will be able to make lemonade. Heck, they've been doing it for years. I doubt there is another group of health care providers that better combines business smarts with clinical excellence and patient care. If CMS were half as competent as HME providers, fraud and abuse would no longer be an issue. Funny how what is arguably the most effective provider group receives the least amount of respect. That's not right and as other provider groups are forced to reduce hospital readmissions and health care costs, look for people to open their eyes to value of a good HME provider.