Respiratory Management March 2008

Respiratory Management March 2008


7 Things You Need to Know About Home Sleep Testing Right Now

By Elisha Bury

An open book CMS is not. So, if you're wondering which way the wind will blow when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unleashes its final rule on home sleep testing this month, you're in good company. The proposed rule left a lot to the imagination. Everyone — from industry experts to sleep labs to respiratory providers — is hoping for more clarification. Here are the important issues for respiratory HMEs to watch.

Oxygen Point & Counterpoint

Respiratory Management has invited clinical experts Joe Lewarski, Bob McCoy and Ron Richard to square off on key clinical challenges involved in oxygen care. Read on to find out where these industry veterans stand on the merits of oxygen conservation, consumer-geared pulse oximetry, environmentally conscious oxygen care, oxygen needs at altitude and pulmonary rehab.


Eye on Accreditation: Bob Floro, Director of Home Care Accreditation, Joint Commission

Dealers Discuss

Providers Weigh In on Home Sleep Testing

Editor's Note

The Yin and Yang of Respiratory Care

By Elisha Bury

Funding Focus

Putting Complaints to Work

By Kelly Riley

Legal Speak

Questions Persist After Proposed Decision on Sleep Testing

By Asela Cuervo

At the end of last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed decision memo on a national coverage determination (NCD) for the use of home-based sleep testing to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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