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Mom's advice: Always put patients first

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11/26/2012

Editor’s note: This is the second of three profiles of the 2012 HME Excellence Awards winners. Next month: Best Rehab Technology Provider.

Spin City

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11/26/2012

I had an interesting conversation with Bob McCoy recently. McCoy is a respiratory therapist (RT) and the managing director of Valley Inspired Products.

Handi Medical Supply: Not willing to hide behind all those excuses

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10/23/2012

Editor’s note: This is the first of three profiles of the 2012 HME Excellence Awards winners. Next month: Best Home Respiratory Provider.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The boy was nine years old, terminally ill and a huge Green Bay Packers fan.

Report from Round 1 battle zone

Shirley, 70, was advised that in the case of a power outage, she should pack up her tank and check into a hotel
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10/23/2012

Each Round 1 bidding area is different. Each senior expects a different quality of care based on his or her history, and each caregiver has a different understanding about how the reimbursement system works. The competitive bidding issue is complicated.

Call on your competitors and colleagues

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10/23/2012

HME News has been instrumental in keeping everyone up to date on current events. As an industry, HME has been battling vigorously against competitive bidding legislation, but how can we strengthen our efforts to improve the associations who carry the sword for all?

The Business Summit Sessions

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10/23/2012

I wrote a wrap-up of the HME News Business Summit (see page 11), but there’s still more I want to share.

It was that kind of event.

A competitive bidding story told in numbers

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09/25/2012

Medicare has finally released utilization records for Round 1 of its bidding program and it did not take a Freedom of Information Act request or act of Congress to attain the records.

New administration wouldn't solve healthcare problems

In an election op-ed, Roberta Domos argues that the Ryan Medicare plan would only line the pockets of insurance companies
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09/25/2012

The HME industry will not find a savior to vote for in this year’s presidential election. Some form of competitive bidding will march on as long as Medicare continues to exist, regardless of who is elected president. The deluge of audits will continue.

The boogeyman is alive and well

An audit horror story just in time for Halloween
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09/25/2012

Children are sometimes threatened with the boogeyman to ensure good behavior. Someone at CMS remembered this and has applied the same tactic to suppliers/providers. Only this time, it is not a threat, it is real: Zone Program Integrity Contractors or ZPICs.

To hell (the Hill) and back

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09/25/2012

Back on Feb. 14, 2012, several hundred individuals representing businesses, organizations, or trade groups arrived in Washington, D.C., for the two-day AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference.

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