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Costly OSA: CDC enlists AASM in raising awareness

September 28, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a grant to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for a new awareness program focused on improving recognition of obstructive sleep apnea.  Nearly 30 million American adults have OSA and 80% are undiagnosed, costing the U.S. more than $149 billion annually in increased health care and mental health care costs, lost work productivity and increased accidents, according to a press release.  “Millions...

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F&P sees increased demand due to COVID-19 surges 

January 22, 2021HME News Staff

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare reports operating revenue for the nine months ended Dec. 31, 2020, was up 73% in constant currency compared to the prior comparable period.  In the hospital product group, operating revenue was up 113%, with hardware growing 446% and consumables growing 54%.  “In many parts of the world, we have continued to see an influx of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization for respiratory treatment,” said Lewis Gradon,...

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Sleep apnea sufferers downplay treatment, Philips survey finds

March 3, 2020HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - Thirty percent of people with sleep apnea somewhat or completely agree that they don't think it's necessary to be treated for sleep apnea, according to a new sleep survey from Royal Philips. Thirty nine percent of them somewhat or completely agree treatment for sleep apnea is worse than the disease itself, and nearly half of them have never been prescribed CPAP therapy. Yet 71% of those who use CPAP therapy say the benefits outweigh the convenience and 71% say that their...

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NY railway starts OSA program

January 30, 2018HME News Staff

GLENDALE, N.Y. - New York & Atlantic Railway launched an Obstructive Sleep Apnea program on Jan. 23, screening nearly 40 NYA locomotive engineers and conductors in New York City and Long Island, N.Y. If needed, they will receive treatment under the support and care of the railway's medical team, according to a press release. “The detection and remediation of OSA will positively impact employee health and improve employee alertness for safety sensitive jobs,” said NYA President James Bonner....

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ASAA receives funding for study

March 24, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors has approved a three-year, $2.5 million demonstration project called the O2VERLAP Study, the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) has announced. The multi-partner demonstration project will compare the effectiveness of proactive care (web-based peer coaching education and support intervention) versus reactive care on improving adherence to nocturnal oxygen and CPAP therapies in patients diagnosed with both COPD and...

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No link between CPAP and glycemic control, study says

March 11, 2016HME News Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - CPAP therapy may not improve glycemic control for people with Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea after all, according to a new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.“Some uncontrolled studies have reported improved glucose control after starting CPAP, but some small controlled trials did not support this,” said lead study author Jonathan Shaw, head of population health at Melbourne's Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute,...

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Sleep Specialists device used in OSA study

June 11, 2015HME News Staff

BALA CYNWYD, Pa. - Sleep Specialists' Zzoma Positional Device was used in a study researching cost effectiveness of positional therapy to help treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the medical device company announced yesterday. Conducted by Temple University of Philadelphia, the study found that of the 24% of the patients who had positional OSA therapy and used the Zzoma Positional Device, the result was a cost savings of 21%, compared to if all patients were treated with CPAP therapy. “The...

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Study promotes primary care for sleep apnea patients

May 7, 2015HME News Staff

LLEIDA, Spain- A new study has found that monitoring patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) in a primary care setting is equally effective as monitoring them in sleep units.The study was conducted by Respiratory Research Group and led by Dr. Ferran Barb, head of respiratory at the University Hospital Arnau de Vilanova (HUAV) in Lleida, Spain.For six months, 101 patients with OSA received primary care management at one of eight primary care centers in Lleida, while 109 patients received...

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In brief: MACs miss standards, health spending stays low

January 10, 2014HME News Staff

BALTIMORE - Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) failed to meet one-quarter of CMS's performance standards, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). “Given the billion of dollars awarded to Medicare Administrative Contractors and the critical role they play in administering the Medicare program, effective oversight of performance is important to ensure that they are adequately processing claims,” the OIG states. The OIG based its findings on a performance...

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Contractor clarifies respiratory policy

November 25, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Medicare does not reimburse for home oxygen used specifically to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) because it is not the primary treatment for that disease, even if beneficiaries cannot tolerate PAP devices, CGS Associates said in a recent FAQ sent to providers. The DME MAC said beneficiaries who use a PAP device to treat OSA and who are in need of oxygen for other chronic pulmonary conditions like COPD, however, qualify for reimbursement if they meet the requirements of the oxygen...

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