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CMS posts DMEPOS data dump

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10/09/2015

WASHINGTON – CMS has posted a new data set that provides information on more than 385,000 physicians and other healthcare profession

Consolidation and tough love

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Each year, we file a Freedom of Information Act request with CMS for the number of providers who provide each of six product categories: oxygen concentrators, CPAPs, hospital beds, blood glucose strips, power wheelchairs and standard wheelchairs.

HME has not given up any further ground

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Here’s a sneak peak at the The Braff Group M&A Insider in our September issue.

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NHIA seeks feedback on outcomes elements

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08/14/2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Home Infusion Association is accepting stakeholder comments on newly revised Definitions for Patient Outcomes Data Elements to be used in the collection of data to assess the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of home and specialty infusion care.

MedForce, Universal Software integrate

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08/11/2015

SUFFERN, N.Y., and DAVISON, Mich. – MedForce Technologies and Universal Software Solutions have developed an interface that enables automated transfer of patient demographics, documentation and other information.

Sneak peek at 2014 data

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

If it’s summer in Maine, it means I’m in the throes of requesting, collecting and analyzing Medicare data sets for two upcoming projects: the annual update of our HME Databank (it happens Oct.

CMS’s bull’s eye on vents

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was in a CPAP frame of mind; this week, it’s vents.

First, CMS announced that non-invasive vents would be a new product category in Round 1 2017.

‘The future is outcomes data’

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12/24/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine – Sixty-three percent of the respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they use outcomes data to market themselves to referral sources.

The type of data that they feel is most important: clinical data (33%).

Heard at the Summit: Branch out and mind your data

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09/12/2014

MINNEAPOLIS – With the explosion of interest in post-acute care, it’s time for HME providers to get off the sidelines, said the speakers at last week’s HME News Business Summit.

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

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09/09/2014

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.

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