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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.

Q&A: The COPD Foundation’s Deb McGowan

With penalties approaching, improved communication needed to cut readmissions

WASHINGTON – If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community of healthcare providers to keep COPD patients out of the hospital. That will become even more critical Oct. 1, when hospitals start being penalized for excessive readmissions for COPD patients.

Study: Pharmacists can help reduce hospital readmissions


YARMOUTH, Maine – Hospital readmissions could be reduced by 20% if high-risk patients received counseling and medication management from a community pharmacist, according to a new study from the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.