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Dear Ann Marie

Friday, May 4, 2012

This rainy Friday afternoon, I was mindlessly scanning the headlines and the letters to the editor on the website of our local paper.

In brief: Licensure rules confuse bidders, Strike Force conducts record takedown


NEW ORLEANS – Providers who submitted bids in the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La., competitive bidding area became concerned last week that a recent licensure change on the National Suppliers Clearinghouse (NSC) website could disqualify them from the program.

POC manufacturer wins six bidding contracts


GOLETA, Calif. - When most HME providers said "No thanks" to Inogen's portable oxygen concentrator, the company said, "Okay, we'll do it ourselves." The result: Inogen won competitive bidding contracts in six cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Dallas and Riverside.

Cardiosom: Fuel oxygen biz with physician trust


Tim Miller built a career as the physician's go-to guy, collaborating with them in businesses ranging from mobile cardiac catheterization labs to imaging centers. So when a group of cardiologists approached him in 2004 about getting into the sleep lab business, Miller put his healthcare management expertise to work in a new venture, MD Sleep, under parent company Dormir, based in Carmel, Ind.

Compliance: Train, train, train


Q. My company carries oxygen and other medical gases, but we don't fill them. Are there any special  requirements?

Letter to the editor


After reading "CMS proposes aggressive stance on oxygen" (HME News, August 2010), what stuck me was the unintended consequence of this flawed policy of making providers who service oxygen patients on or after month 18 of their 36-month rental payment period responsible to

Sleep provider adds oxygen


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Call her crazy, but CPAP provider Shawn Schober recently added oxygen to her services.

Don't fall victim to temptation


FDA electronic registration reminds me of a quote by the cartoonist Doug Larson: “Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”

Looking at oxygen as a glass half full


Sure, the 36-month cap on Medicare reimbursement for oxygen stinks, but at least HME providers have technology and choice on their side, says SeQual CEO Ron Richard in a recent HME News TV interview.