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Wall Street Journal article: "Oxygen Rules Pinching Patients"

November 24, 2009Mike Moran

An article in today's Wall Street Journal does a nice job explaining how Medicare's 36-month oxygen cap has hurt patients and HME providers. After all the "hit pieces" uninformed mainstream journalists have written about the HME industry, this article is a breathe of fresh air. I like that it focuses on the plight of small businesses and patients for a change, and not fraud and abuse. At some point, those who have it out for the HME industry are going to have to give up their crazed obsession. If...

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On the Editor's Desk

Don't repeat the past

October 6, 2009Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably familiar with how the industry's efforts to reform the oxygen benefit have been going. In a nutshell: Not very smoothly. Don Clayback and other industry stakeholders involved in reforming the complex power wheelchair benefit don't live under a rock. That's why they've scheduled several events to gather feedback from interested parties. In addition to two Webinars this month, they've scheduled a consensus conference for Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to...

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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, or something like that

September 16, 2009Mike Moran

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The cost of breathing

June 16, 2009Mike Moran

The Goonies full Shadowboxer movie full The Wall Street Journal published an article today on the effects of the 36-month oxygen cap. The article features interviews with several oxygen providers and one consumer—a nice change. The article's headline even refers to consumers: "Medicare rule on paying for oxygen vexes patients." Of course, the article also features an interview with CMS's Laurence Wilson and reiterates that, before the cap, Medicare was paying providers about $200 per month...

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Oxygen utilization nosedives

June 10, 2009Mike Moran

Most of you are familiar with the Medicare Market Marker in the back of each issue of HME News. The marker tracks the number of allowed beneficiaries in a given month for five product categories. Here's a preview of what you'll see in our July issue: The number of allowed beneficiaries for oxygen concentrators (E1390) for January 2009 fell off a cliff. In Jurisdiction C, for example, the number of allowed beneficiaries was 277,292 in January compared to 407,719 in December. Not coincidentally, the...

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Cuts take their toll

May 14, 2009Mike Moran

.!. Now that some of the national HME providers have reported their earnings for the first quarter of 2009, we're getting a pretty good picture of the impact of the 36-month oxygen cap and the 9.5% reimbursement cut, which both kicked in Jan. 1. Merlin and the War of the Dragons trailer Innerspace movie download Lincare X-Men hd : $240 million to $255 million (expected full year impact) American HomePatient: $6.2 million (first quarter) Sleepy Hollow psp Rotech Grace download Around the World in...

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HME Expo, Day 2

April 24, 2009Mike Moran

U Turn video Industry stakeholders told attendees of the HME Exposition & Conference today that they expect a bill to be introduced in the next few weeks that would repeal the 36-month oxygen cap. Salome trailer Industry stakeholders are working with Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., the lead sponsor of last year's H.R. 621, to introduce the bill, according to John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for The VGM Group. Another supporter of the effort: Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C. Once the bill is...

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The details you've been waiting for?

January 28, 2009Mike Moran

Cigna Government Services, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction C, released a bulletin this afternoon that appears to contain additional details on the 36-month oxygen cap. buy Notting Hill Naqoyqatsi: Life as War trailer Edges of Darkness release Rest Stop hd A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints video To read the bulletin, click here. 'Salem's Lot The bulletin addresses how to replace oxygen equipment after the five-year reasonable useful lifetime and how to bill for contents The Mannsfield 12 on dvd Young...

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