Letter from the Editor

Languishing in Limbo

Uncertainty about an event can be more damaging to an individual’s health than the event itself, according to a new study. In this issue, you’ll find several examples in which we try to resolve some of your unanswered questions.

Provider Perspective

Intrepid USA Healthcare Services

RSM became curious about the relationships between large agencies like Intrepid USA Healthcare Services and HME providers. How do they work together when HME equipment is required? So we contacted Intrepid and asked several principals in the company.

Observation Deck

Uncertainty and Opportunity

HME Industry Outlook


Have Oxygen, Will Travel

Growing patient demand for POCs leaves respiratory providers with the question of if, when and how to invest in this technology.

New Editor Joins Respiratory & Sleep Management Magazine

New Editor Joins Respiratory & Sleep Management Magazine

CSIHME Outlines 1H 2010 Lobbying Plan

Four-point agenda covers NCB, O2, power mobility and PECOS.

Gentiva Sells Respiratory, Infusion Businesses to Lincare

Gentiva says divesting businesses that generated at least $55 million in 2009 part of move to targe senior services.


Business Solutions

Changing the Game

The rules keep changing for oxygen providers, but they’re still in the game. As many hits as they have sustained, many oxygen providers have found ways to remain standing. What’s their secret, and what are the new rules to the oxygen game?

Editor's Note

And That’s the Way it Wasn’t

Will the mainstream news media ever cover the homecare industry fairly?

Problem Solver

Transfilling Transformation

How some oxygen providers are leveraging liquid-to-gas systems to slash their cylinder refilling costs.

Dan Rather Reports Skewers HMEs

One-sided report acts as platform for HHS OIG general counsel.


Trends & Trailblazers

Products and technology dominating the respiratory sector reflect the needs and wants of providers and their clients.

Observation Deck

The Buck Stops Where?

CMS continues to place providers in an unfair position with referring physicians.

Respiratory Solutions

Ready for Anything

2010 Preview

The Big Ten

As with our 2009 Big Ten list, we aren’t limiting our choices to only product categories. In addition to product categories, we also have highlighted some key business and regulatory trends and opportunities HME providers will want to monitor and leverage. Likewise, many product categoriesand business trends are interrelated.

SeQual Eclipse 3

Product Premiere

Improving on Success

SeQual enhances its Eclipse POC with features to help patients stay active.

Oxygen Emporium

Oxygen Access

Are CMS and public policy pushing providers to the brink of closing up shop? How can they survive, and what will happen to patients?

CMS Issues O2 Provider Bankruptcy Guidelines

Agency policy covers oxygen equipment replacement guidelines.

Oxygen Providers Down by Half in Some Areas

Search of Medicare site shows 50% of oxygen providers gone in Miami-Dade, Los Angeles, other counties.

New House Health Reform Hits Homecare Hard

H.R. 3962 contains various numerous provisioning targeting HME.

Capped Rental Titles

What is your primary method for notifying patients about a title transfer when a rental item meets its cap?

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