WASHINGTON – If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community of healthcare providers to keep COPD patients out of the hospital. That will become even more critical Oct. 1, when hospitals start being penalized for excessive readmissions for COPD patients.
"The Long Term Oxygen Therapy (LTOT) Conference; Separating Fact From Fiction" held March 31-April 1 in Orlando, Fla., was not like the typical oxygen conference. The objective of this meeting was to focus on the science of LTOT and identify the issues that are impacting effective oxygen therapy in the home. The faculty consisted of some of the most respected pulmonologists and clinicians in the country. The goal was to have an objective review of the current situation in LTOT and discuss what we know, what we don't know and what we must do to change direction in therapy to improve overall outcomes for patients needing LTOT.
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.