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Archive: October 2012


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Deadline reminder for Round 1 recompete

October 31, 2012HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Two weeks remain for suppliers to submit hardcopy financial documents for the Round 1 recompete. These documents must be received by the competitive bidding implementation contractor (CBIC) on or before Nov. 14, 2012, if suppliers want to be notified of any missing financial documents, according to the CMS website. Suppliers who do not submit documentation before this date are not eligible for the document review process. This process determines if the required financial materials are...

CMS, competitive bidding, Round 1 Recompete


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UroMed partnership broadens educational reach

October 31, 2012HME News Staff

CINCINNATI - UroMed, a provider of incontinence supplies, has teamed up with PatientPoint and Cure Medical to provide educational materials on incontinence and catheterization in urology exam rooms. The educational resources provide patients with health information and discussion starters to support conversations with physicians. The brochures include an 800 number for patients wanting to learn more about UroMed products. PatientPoint provides patient and physician engagement solutions at point of...

Cure Medical, PatientPoint, uromed


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Specialty Providers

Diabetes provider chases HMO market

October 31, 2012HME News Staff

MIAMI - Advanced Affordable Diabetics has added a wholesale division to provide lower cost products to certain HMO members, it announced Oct. 25.Advanced, which is currently contracted with two HMOs, will provide glucose meters at no cost to members, it stated in a press release. The provider will also offer technical support and customer service.“Our goal is to promote proper testing and quality control,” stated Ileana Miranda, president of Advanced, in the release.Advanced is primarily...

Advanced Affordable Diabetics, diabetic supplies


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To pass out candy or not?

October 31, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Another Halloween, another moral battle with myself. I won't keep you in suspense. I lost. This year, I will once again be handing out seasonal tattoos but instead of supplementing the tattoos with, say, pretzels, I opted for candy (Nerds, in case you're wondering). Sigh. One of these days I'll have the gumption to follow through on my convictions. It's probably just coincidence that Nov. 1 marks the start of Diabetes Month and there's some scary stats on obesity rates, and therefore Type 2 rates,...

childhood obesity, Diabetes, halloween


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OSA treatment improves blood pressure in men

October 30, 2012HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. - A new study suggests that treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could reduce blood pressure in men with hypertension. The study, which recently appeared in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, examined the effectiveness of CPAP treatment on high blood pressure and diabetes control in 221 men with preexisting hypertension or Type 2 diabetes and a new diagnosis of OSA. Results showed that both systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly with CPAP treatment...

CPAP, Home Medical Equipment, osa, study


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Sunset Healthcare launches 'Tubes for Tots' fundraiser

October 30, 2012HME News Staff

CHICAGO - Sunset Healthcare Solutions has launched a nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. As part of its annual “Tubes for Tots” campaign, the company will donate a portion of the sales from every six-foot CPAP tube sold in November and December to the foundation. To provide an incentive for its provider customers to participate, Sunset Healthcare will throw in a free CPAP chinstrap for every 10 tubes purchased. FMI: www.SunsetHCS.com/toysfortots

CPAP, Home Medical Equipment, Sunset Healthcare


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Specialty Providers

Hanger logs 'best year' for acquisitions

October 30, 2012HME News Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Hanger, Inc. announced Oct. 29 that it has acquired a total of 16 patient care companies in 15 states this year.These patient care companies employ 150 clinicians and staff, and have total revenues of $35.6 million year to date, according to a press release.“We have exceeded our goal to acquire sales of approximately $20 million in 2012,” stated President and CEO Vinit Asar. “In fact, 2012 is our best year in over 10 years in terms of the number of O&P acquisitions...

Acquisitions, Hanger, Home Medical Equipment, o&P


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On the Editor's Desk

Spin City

October 30, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

I had an interesting conversation with Bob McCoy this week. McCoy is a respiratory therapist (RT) and the managing director of Valley Inspired Products. It turns out he'll be giving a presentation at the AARC Congress 2012 next month in New Orleans about how RTs need to be identifying opportunities to provide value-added care in this challenging environment. Sounds like your standard fare, right? Opportunities and challenging environment have to be three of the most frequently written words by the...

Home Medical Equipment, new business model, respiratory, services


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MPP: Four more sign on

October 29, 2012HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - H.R. 6490, a bill that would replace competitive bidding with an industry-backed market-pricing program (MPP), now has 23 co-sponsors. The new co-sponsors: Reps. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Peter King, R-N.Y.; Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.; and Terri Sewell, D-Ala. To keep tabs on the official tally of co-sponsors for the bill, go to the Thomas web site and search for H.R. 6490.

competitive bidding, Home Medical Equipment, MPP


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FBI raids California HME supplier

October 29, 2012HME News Staff

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Right HealthCare, a medical supply business based here, was raided Friday morning by FBI agents, according to an article from Bakersfieldnow.com. An FBI spokeswoman said a warrant was obtained for a search of the location, but she provided no further comment. The company, founded in 1998, is owned by Jim and Lillian Ebling, but according to a spokesman from the Kern County Assessor's Office, property taxes for the office have not been paid for the “past couple of...

FBI, Right HealthCare


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