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When numbers speak volumes

August 24, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

We recently loaded the HME Databank ( with 2021 data, something I’ve been keen to look at to see the impact of current dynamics in the industry, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a major CPAP recall. Let’s start with the pandemic. While we were putting together this issue, Invacare released its second quarter financial results and company officials said they expected to see reduced COVID-related demand for respiratory products in the next several quarters,...

CPAP recall, HME Databank, Pandemic

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Updated data, CMS's central office and The Circus Ship

September 26, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

We go live with 2016 data for our HME Databank on Oct. 1. I've been playing around in a test site this week, and let me tell you, the data ain't pretty. Take E1390, stationary oxygen concentrators. Total Medicare spend on this code in 2016 was $620,708,743, according to data obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request from CMS. In 2015: $903,973,456. Before we move on to declines in spending in other DME, let me say that obtaining the data this year was more difficult than in past years. Our...

Competitive Bidding, Data, HME Databank, utilization

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Data demonstrates bid program's ripple effect

October 2, 2015HME News Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine - Medicare spending in certain competitive bid areas continues to nosedive, according to 2014 data added this week to the HME Databank.In Riverside County, Calif., a Round 1 area, Medicare spending on oxygen concentrators dropped from $2.37 million in 2013 to $1.55 million in 2014. In 2011, the year the program rolled out, Medicare spending on E1390 was $3.28 million.In other areas, like Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, a Round 1 area, Medicare spending on oxygen concentrators...

HME Databank

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On the Editor's Desk

Medicare spend in 2012?

May 2, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

For those of you uninitiated in the to-do list of an HME News editor, the first week in May is when she has to submit half a dozen or so Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) contractor to update the HME Databank. The Databank features a listing of the top Medicare providers by total reimbursement for 231 codes (Provider Share can be filtered by state, city or zip) and a listing of fee-for-service reimbursement for 426 codes included in competitive...

Data, HME Databank, Home Medical Equipment, Medicare spend

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Time for a pop quiz

November 29, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

In honor of 1.) the 2011 data finally being added to our HME Databank (thank you for your patience!) and 2.) the 2012 State of the Industry Report appearing in our December issue, I have a little pop quiz for you. HME Databank 1.)    Who were the top five providers of CPAP devices (E0601) in 2011?2.)    Who was the No. 1 provider of blood glucose strips in New York?3.)    How much did Medicare spend on oxygen concentrators (E1390) in 2011?4.)  ...

Data, HME Databank, Home Medical Equipment, State of the Industry

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Down in the (data) dumps

October 24, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

As users of our HME Databank very well know, we still don't have 2011 data for Provider Share (top providers) and Product Share (product utilization), and I'm profusely sorry about this. Believe me, I'm as upset about it as the Databank users that I've been talking to on a weekly, if not daily, basis. I mean, it's almost 2013. Argh. For what it's worth, I made the request for this data in May, as I always have for the past several years. Typically, it takes the good folks at the PDAC (CMS's Pricing,...

HME Databank, Home Medical Equipment, top providers, utilization

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Executive Session

Don't take this lying down and other words of wisdom

August 6, 2010Mike Moran

During the course of my work week, I often call up people I haven't talked to in awhile just to chat and see if there's anything going on that we ought to check in to. All kinds of press releases find there way into HME News' World Headquarters here in Yarmouth, Maine, but often the best news, information and advice comes from these cold calls. Cold calls are kind of like digging for gold. Anyone can find the nuggets laying on the surface, but only the folks willing to pick up a shovel and break...

Executive Session, GF, HME Databank

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