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Apria posts loss for quarter, year

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02/21/2011

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare announced on Feb. 18 that its net revenues dropped $8.4 million or 1.6% for the fourth quarter.

I hope this isn't my 15 minutes of fame

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Monday, December 6, 2010

It can be a hard, cruel world out there, especially if you are old, overweight or, sometimes, a guy named Moran.

Minnesota: Tax on DME? In some cases, yes.

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05/24/2010

"In Minnesota, you could buy a $500 outfit and you wouldn't get taxed, but you could buy a $500 piece of medical equipment and you would," said Rose Schafhauser, executive director of the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES). "When we've explained that, it has resonated with lawmakers."

Iowa: Providers to state: Let's talk

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05/24/2010

"We're trying to convince them to create an advisory council," said Terry Flatt, Iowa state chairman for the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) and executive vice president of Hammer Medical Supply in Des Moines. "They were lukewarm initially, but they are getting (used) to the idea."

Calling Daniel Webster. Put in a good word for bariatrics.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

I chatted with Dr. Kevin Huffman yesterday about how health care reform will attempt to address our obesity epidemic by making sure docs get paid for treating the disease.

Provider drops in on CPAP

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03/24/2010

Health Management Services (HMS) launched a new company in August to help fellow providers increase their CPAP supply replenishments.
Earlier this year, HMS opened up its software program for supply replenishments to other providers. The program notifies HMS when CPAP patients are eligible for new supplies. Employees then call patients and evaluate whether they need supplies. If they do, HMS ships orders.

Provider lends Helping Hand

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03/24/2010

Helping Hand Medical Supply recently signed contracts with three skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to do CPAP set-ups. It was a natural fit for the company, which already provides DME and respiratory products and services in SNFs.

No accreditation or surety bond? No problem. Here's a million bucks.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

I just came across yet another article on Medicare fraud. The story lead off with—wait for it—a fake DME provider in Miami.

An article by Mark Potter on MSNBC.com reads:

NCPA takes to the airwaves

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

John Coster, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) addressed independent pharmacy issues in a January 4 video posted on YouTube.

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