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Problem Solver

Catching up on Sleep Revenues

Sleep providers must bolster the revenues they have and protect their referral relationships. Ensuring great service and patient outcomes through information and communication is a great way for them to build a better business in that regard.

Congress’s SGR Patch Nixes Anti-Bidding Provisions

Short-term fix to physician reimbursement omits bidding amendments, but doesn’t include DMEPOS cuts.

ResMed, BMC Patent Battle Continues

ITC denies BMC bid to invalidate one patent, while ResMed withdraws another claim.

People in HME

Essex Industries Promotes Sr. VP of Business Development

Waldman to lead oxygen equipment maker’s sales, engineering and marketing teams.

HME inventory management strategies and technologies continue to advance with the industry

Products & Technology

The Brains of the Operation

Inventory typically represents the top overhead item for providers. In a cost-conscious reimbursement environment, HME providers have needed to develop smart inventory management and purchasing strategies to cope. HMEB looks at some of the techniques and tools they are using to contend with a constantly changing environment.

Problem Solvers

Safe Bariatric Living Spaces

Bathrooms get a lot of attention when it comes to keeping bariatric patients safe in their homes, but challenges also abound throughout patients’ living spaces. Two experienced home access experts discuss how providers can create safe environments for bariatric patients.

Documentation: Dealing With Audits

While providers fight audits on the legislative front, they need to have a plan for dealing with them.

Breaking Through Audits

Business Solutions

Breaking Through Audits

CMS's audit onslaught has been a trial and tribulation for the HME industry, but matters took a turn for the terrifying when the agency announced that it would delay assigning Administrative Law Judges to audit appeals by two years. Now the industry has redoubled its efforts to bring an out-of-control situation back under control.



Editor's Note

Hopping Out of CMS's Pot

What one amphibian’s dinnertime dilemma can demonstrate to the HME industry, which is feeling CMS constantly turn up the regulatory heat.

SeQual eQuinox POC

Product Spotlight

Big Benefit, Small Size

CAIRE SeQual’s eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator focuses on ease of use and transportability, along with a slew of new features that started as a project at SeQual.

Industry Newsmaker

Coloring Outside the HME Provider Lines

Exploring new businesses models has been a top priority for many providers trying to expand beyond Medicare reimbursement. HME Home Medical’s Eric Hagen explains the origin of the GO HME distributor model.

Problem Solver

Five Bariatric Bath Safety Fundamentals

Simple, but important techniques, products HME providers can leverage to ensure bath safety for bariatric patients.

Observation Deck

Repair Guidelines Need Repairs

Providers’ profit margins determine how extensively they can provide comprehensive services, and in no division is this dynamic more important than in the DME repair arena. That's why the scenario of DMEMAC Medical Directors setting allowed labor limits on repair services must change.

CEDI Calling on ICD-10 Volunteers

Participants for each DME MAC will help prepare for Oct. 1 transition.

People in HME

Griffin Hires Three, Promotes Another

Provider adds insurance verification, customer service reps; promotes service and distribution manager.

AAHomecare to Launch Social Media Campaign

Effort designed to drive consumer awareness of negative impacts of Medicare reforms.

HMEB, RSM Conducting 2014 Oxygen Market Survey

Sixth annual survey covers topics such as clinical treatment, increasing COPD diagnosis, audits, bidding.

HMEB Launches New Products Award

Program will recognize products and business surveys across 15 categories

Resmed Unveils New Branding

Slogan ‘Changing lives with every breath’ accompanies new logo; strategy starts in U.S., to go global.

AAHomecare Outlines Audit Reform Objectives

Association advises Senate Finance Committee, gearing up to launch legislation, other initiatives.

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