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In brief: Bacteria filters, buying preferences, home infusion bill

August 13, 2021HME News Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Philips does not recommend using bacteria filters with CPAP/BiLevel devices as a means of mitigating chemical emission or particulate matter, it says in a new document related to a recent recall.  “Due to an influx of questions, additional information is being provided about the use of bacteria filters with CPAP/BiLevel devices,” the company states. “According to FDA regulation 868.5260, bacteria filters are medical devices that are intended to remove...

aahomecare, AdaptHealth, NCPA, PAMs, Philips Recall, VGM


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HME providers, community pharmacists seek recognition

July 31, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - HME providers and community pharmacists have continued to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic - and like other health care providers, they want to be recognized for that. The National Community Pharmacists Association recently launched the “Essential” Campaign to keep up the pressure on lawmakers for relief, including hazard pay, says Douglas Hoey, CEO. “Pharmacists have been there since the beginning of this and we need recognition and relief for...

Community Pharmacy, Douglas Hoey, Home Medical Equipment, Mindy Eberhart, NCPA, PAMs


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In brief: Providers merge, neb-meds reverse course

December 13, 2013HME News Staff

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Advanced Home Care has merged with WellStar HME & Infusion to expand its footprint in Georgia, the provider has announced. Marietta, Ga.-based WellStar HME & Infusion provides home infusion, specialty pharmacy and home medical equipment and services in the greater Atlanta area. “We entered the Atlanta market at the beginning of 2013 with the purchase of a company in Norcross,” said Joel Mills, CEO of Advanced Home Care, in a release. “Our new relationship with...

Advanced Home Care, Amgen, BMC, Capped Rental, Cardinal, Complex Rehab, Convaid, CPAP, CVS Caremark, Generic drug source


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Industry pokes holes in bid program

March 8, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - A pair of planned Hill briefings and a “Dear Colleague” letter are turning up the heat on the HME industry's fight against competitive bidding.The briefings, scheduled for March 14, will give stakeholders another chance to make their case against the competitive bidding program.“This is an opportunity to educate members of Congress and their staff on the program and the problems identified with Round 2,” said Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs...

aahomecare, CBO, CMS, Competitive Bidding, Market-pricing program, PAMs, Premier Home Care, Pride Mobility


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Test your industry knowledge: Take the HME News challenge

September 17, 2010Mike Moran

I mentioned a while ago that I just received a fresh batch of DME data from CMS. As I was looking at this data, I thought it would be kind of fun to put together a little test. So here you go. Test your knowledge. The answers are at the bottom, but don't look! 1. If you expect to be able to battle competitive bidding and come out the other side, your company's EBITDA should be what? a. 50%   b. 12%   c. 8%   e. 25% 2. How many Medicare beneficiaries have 3 or more chronic...

Catheters, Executive Session, FTE, Karen Moore, PAMs, Sen. Baucus, utilization


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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...

Executive Session, Oxygen reform, PAMs


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Forget healthcare reform. Give Medicare to everyone

September 29, 2009Mike Moran

What a waste of time all this back and forth on healthcare reform has been. The answer's been right in front of our faces the whole time: Expand Medicare to everyone. Tom and Jerry Blast Off to Mars! release Bolt ipod How simple is that? ?????????? ????????? ???????? ????? If Medicare is good enough for our seniors, why isn't it good enough for everyone else? It's a program that works and, with the possible exception of some real right-wing anti-government types, is universally loved. The Snowman...

Apria, Apria, Executive Session, Fox, PAMs


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

September 16, 2009Mike Moran

AAHomecare is in a difficult position. It is the industry's national association, yet it has a relatively small membership. As such, non-members are often prone to question the association's motives on a variety of issues. Black Sheep release ?????? ????? ? ????????? Black Swarm dvdrip Most recently, as we all know, the issue has been oxygen reform. Shotgun Stories hd How best to reform Medicare's oxygen benefit has divided the industry for months. In August, a compromise appeared to be achieved,...

CQRC, Executive Session, Mal Mixon, Mal Mixon, National competitive bidding, Oxygen reform, PAMs, scooter store, scooter store, Sen. Baucus


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AAHomecare lays out vision for Medicare oxygen

September 14, 2009Mike Moran

The following letter from AAHomecare is of critical importance to all HMEs who provide Medicare oxygen. If you want to find out what oxygen reimbursement could look like in the future, read on. —Mike Moran Open Letter to the Home Oxygen Community Made for Each Other dvd From Tyler Wilson President, American Association for Homecare Sucker Free City rip September 14, 2009 The American Association for Homecare has worked for many months on the proposal to reform the Medicare home oxygen benefit. ...

Apria, Apria, Executive Session, National competitive bidding, PAMs, scooter store, scooter store


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Hello, HME News? This is the GAO, and we have some questions about oxygen

September 8, 2009Mike Moran

This morning, little old me, the humble executive editor of HME News, spent 40 minutes on the phone with four Government Accountability Office officials, answering questions about Medicare oxygen. ????? ????? ?????? ?????? ?????? Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & 3 Bears Show divx I felt kind of important. I mean, I'm usually the one who calls government officials to ask questions. They never call me. Never. So this was a first. In case you don't know, the GAO is "the investigative arm of Congress"...

Executive Session, National competitive bidding, PAMs, straight dope


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