More Medtrade Must Sees!

Sleep Apnea: A Quality of Life Issue

Wednesday, March 22

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Alan Cross of C & C Homecare Inc will discuss how the seriousness of sleep apnea is no longer a debatable issue. This session covers quality of life issues that are impacted by the specter that invades our sleep and impacts our daily lives.

Best Practices in Ambulatory Oxygen Delivery

Wednesday, March 22

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Thomas Williams, Strategic Dynamics Inc. will provide an overview on how new oxygen delivery devices are being designed and introduced to create competitive differentiation and help the HME provider reduce equipment acquisition and operational costs. These new products offer patients, physicians and HME providers a wide range of treatment options for oxygen administration, portability and travel. This session will describe a best practices oxygen delivery model that can be used to determine the best oxygen delivery device that is both clinically appropriate and cost effective.

The Value of a Sleep Apnea Compliance Program

Wednesday, March 22

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Robyn Longford-Woidtke of Puritan Bennett explains how sleep apnea as a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and neurocognitive deficits is becoming widely known. Continuous positive airway pressure is the treatment of choice; however, adherence to therapy is hampered by many factors. This session will review the negative health impacts of sleep apnea and how a compliance program can have a beneficial impact on health and economics as well as reducing professional liability.

Asthma and OSA: Is There a Connection?

Wednesday, March 22

11 a.m.-12 noon

Gary Hamilton, ResMed Corp. will review the relationship that might occur between asthma and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) including prevalence, possible mechanisms, and treatment effects on both. The presenter will cite recent literature and studies on the link, if any, between the two disorders.

Rid the R.A.D. Confusion

Thursday, March 23

9:45-10:45 a.m.

The Respiratory Assist Device policy is one of the most confusing policies. Angela Miller, Medical Auditing Solutions explains why this policy requires more documentation and testing than most of the other policies. This session will help you understand this policy in order to successfully incorporate R.A.D. into your respiratory services. These items are paid at a high rate of reimbursement and are, thus, a target item. This session will help you prevent over-payments in post-payment audits.

Intro to FDA, DOT, CGA, and NFPA Requirements for Transfilling High Pressure and Cryogenic Oxygen

Thursday, March 23

8:30-9:30 a.m.

David J. Marquard, Applied Home Healthcare Equipment Inc. will explain why dealer certification session is designed to help oxygen dealer / providers and those who are interested in the oxygen business understand and meet regulatory requirements. Designed for both beginners and intermediate level oxygen dealers and providers, this session will explain the safe handling of oxygen presented including eye catching demonstrations and visuals. Regulatory registration, training, and documentation is discussed and reviewed. A passing score of 70 percent on a short (10 question) examination is required for dealer certification.

This article originally appeared in the March 2006 issue of HME Business.

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