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Southwest providers try to stay cool


PHOENIX – Summer arrived last week in full force, with scorching temperatures across parts of the Southwest, but HME providers and their patients were taking it in stride.

Providers seek just-the-right app

COPD patients need support, but what’s the best role for technology?

YARMOUTH, Maine – Mobile apps could help COPD patients better manage their symptoms—if they’re done right, say HME providers.

CPAP bundling: ‘Fix’ for non-existent problem


WASHINGTON – Providers don’t know what to make of CMS’s plan to implement bundled payments for CPAP, but say they doubt it’s a good thing.

HME providers look for escape

‘Some people are like, ‘Just take my business over’’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Caught between a rock and a hard place, HME providers are asking other providers to purchase their businesses. 

PECOS preparation pays off, providers say


WASHINGTON – CMS on Jan. 6 officially began denying claims with the names of physicians not enrolled in PECOS, and providers say so far, so good.

PECOS update for July 1: This looks like good news

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CMS has been confusing in everything it's said about PECOS, but this latest press release from the agency seems like good news for HME providers.

Here's the release that CMS posted to its Web site yesterday:


CMS tells HME News: We expect providers to begin submitting PECOS compliant claims by July 6, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Over the past week, we've written two stories on PECOS and a blog, and while I hate to beat a dead horse, this PECOS stuff is important.

CMS's behavior on PECOS has been disgraceful

Thursday, June 3, 2010

When it comes to PECOS, the bureaucrats at CMS ought to be ashamed of themselves, especially Jim Bossenmeyer.