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Take care of your employees

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10/30/2011

High turnover and low productivity among employees could signal deeper problems within an organization, say human resource experts. Ana McGary, president of PeopleFirst Enterprises, and Frank Margulis, owner of Margin Consultants, spoke to HME News TV recently about why it's important to keep employees happy.

Round 2: providers sound off

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10/30/2011

When CMS on Aug. 19 announced the affected zip codes and product categories for Round 2 of competitive bidding, HME providers had a lot to digest. Here's what two of them said.

Sandra Hoskin 

president, American Medical Equipment, Houston

Bold strategies help O2 providers breathe easier

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09/26/2011

Respiratory providers intent on being successful in the oxygen market must be assertive when pursuing business opportunities in today's environment, which can mean making tough choices, taking new risks, and changing conventional methods. With a heavy load of regulatory and reimbursement challenges blocking the path to prosperity, providers need to formulate some bold strategies to circumvent these barriers, oxygen manufacturers say.

Audits: Money saved or money wasted?

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09/26/2011

A recent press release from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services trumpets recoveries from audits of "about" $222 million between October 2010 and March 2011. According to the Inspector General, the recoveries are the result of a "period of intense activities" on the part of the OIG and others. Not a single HME provider will dispute that there have been and continue to be "intense activities" in the audit arena, so it is not surprising that the government recovered that much money in a period of only six months.

We need to remain a service industry

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09/26/2011

What's the role of the HME industry in how Medicare can save money? Is it low hanging fruit for future cuts, or a vital member of the care coordination team, which balances the needs of patients, providers and payers?

Saving Medicare billions: Trying too hard can get in the way

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09/26/2011

"I have saved up enough pills to kill myself," a neighbor told me, "if I ever have to go to Centre Crest."

How Medicare can save money

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09/26/2011

We hear a lot, in this industry, about how lawmakers target HME for cuts, because it's low-hanging fruit.

End the tug of war

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09/26/2011

With Medicare costs rising, baby boomers coming of age and beneficiaries struggling to remain in their homes, DMEPOS plays an ever-important role in Medicare spending. Our industry is at greater risk in terms of budget cuts than ever before. Everyone's agenda is "cut costs and reduce spending."

Exhibitor highlights: Invacare booth salutes HME industry

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09/25/2011

BOOTH 714 - Elyria, Ohio-based Invacare is celebrating the "amazing work" HME providers do for their clients with a new campaign called "Making Life's Experiences Possible" at Medtrade this year.

Exhibitor highlights: Philips Respironics rolls out 'pathway'

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09/25/2011

BOOTHS 1314 and 1330 - Philips Respironics wants to get people involved in its Medtrade exhibit, so the Murrysville, Pa.-based respiratory systems manufacturer is setting up plenty of things for them to do at their booths.

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