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Conventional 02: 'It's declining, not dying'


Handling the traditional oxygen side of the respiratory business is likely to be a shrinking segment for most home medical equipment providers.

Providers debate CMNs, templates

‘I think asking the physician to fill out anything is not helpful’

YARMOUTH, Maine – While respiratory providers say they might support doing away with CMNs for oxygen, some aren’t sure about the potential for an electronic clinical template to replace them.

Bill paves way for oxygen providers


MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that allows HME providers to provide home oxygen therapy without a pharmacist on staff.

DME MAC releases oxygen, CPAP review data


HINGHAM, Mass. – NHIC found a 44% denial rate for oxygen and oxygen equipment as part of a review of claims filed between Jan. 1, 2014, and March 31, 2014.

Fisher & Paykel posts record year, plays it safe for 2015


IRVINE, Calif. – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare on May 23 reported a net profit after tax of NZ$97.1 million for the financial year ended March 31, 2014, a 26% increase compared to the previous year.

Ohio: Oxygen cuts averted


COLUMBUS, Ohio – A proposed Ohio Medicaid policy that would have set oxygen rates at 36% below the lowest Ohio Round 2 rate is now off the table.

A fight worth fighting


It was while watching his father struggle with COPD that Jim Spellman, the newly-elected president of the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services (WAMES), learned what the HME industry means to patients.

DMEevalumate adds respiratory program


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – now offers a web-based program to help medical practitioners document a patient’s need for respiratory equipment.

CMS throws safety net to oxygen patients


BALTIMORE – It appears CMS has finally realized that you can’t get blood from a stone—or oxygen equipment and services from an HME provider that has gone out of business.

CMS addresses providers going out of business


WASHINGTON – CMS has announced that, effective immediately, it will allow the replacement of oxygen equipment when suppliers exit the business.