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New study links non-adherence to CPAP therapy to hospital readmissions


DARIEN, Ill. – Non-adherence to CPAP therapy is significantly associated with increased 30-day hospital readmissions, according to a study of patients with obstructive sleep apnea published in the Feb. 15 issue of Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

CPAP helps keep COPD patients out of hospitals, study shows


TUCSON, Ariz. – Although PAP therapy is associated with a reduction in hospitalization for COPD patients, more than 92% of patients are not receiving the therapy, according to a recently published study funded by Royal Philips. The retrospective study, led by Dr.

Medtrade Spring preview: Seize opportunity to be relevant

Q&A with speaker and HME provider Dewey Roof

LAS VEGAS-The HME industry certainly provides significant value to the healthcare sector, but some stakeholders argue that more must be done to prove it.

Sleep therapy reduces readmissions for CHF patients, study shows


PHILADELPHIA – Early diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea may reduce six-month readmissions for patients hospitalized with heart failure, according to research recently published online by the American Journal of Cardiology.

Unfortunately, perception is reality

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I had conversations this week with two very smart women, Tammy Zelenko and Michelle Templin, about how referral sources and payers have no idea what HME providers actually do.

I expect this of most lawmakers, but referral sources and payers?

Readmissions: HME Key to reductions


ATLANTA – Home medical equipment is instrumental in keeping chronically ill patients from being readmitted to the hospital and it is time providers realized that, says Kelly Riley, senior director of the MED Respiratory and Sleep Networks. 

CMS releases performance results for ACOs


WASHINGTON – Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare Shared Savings Program generated more than $372 million in savings in their second and first years, respectively, CMS reported Sept. 16.

Why the pressure to reduce readmissions will change the future of oxygen referrals


Thanks to the Affordable Care Act the whole U.S. healthcare system is being challenged to remodel itself. Largely, these challenges are financially driven. For the DME industry, it’s national competitive bidding, and for hospitals, it’s reducing 30-day readmissions.

Qualcomm Life collaborates with ResMed


SAN DIEGO – Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, has announced a collaboration with ResMed to develop connected health solutions. ResMed is using Qualcomm Life’s technology to streamline transitions of care from the hospital into the home.

Provider flips ACO model


WESTMINSTER, Md. – HME provider Randy Weston wants to break the mold of the traditional accountable care organization (ACO) model.