Respiratory Management November/December 2006

Respiratory Management Nov/Dec 2006


Team Up With New Oxygen Technologies

By Deborah Cooper

New Oxygen Technologies Help Providers Reduce Deliveries and Still Service Patients

Speak Out! The Respiratory Industry Sounds Off

Responses to Respiratory Management’s Survey

OXYGEN: Cutting the Costs of Service

By Deborah Cooper

A Taste of Technology — Sweet Medicine for Providers?

By Deborah Cooper

While no one claims that technology is the panacea for all that ails the respiratory industry several providers are already using new technology to their benefit and manufacturers are bringing new software to market on a regular basis.

Oxygen: A Sampling of Strategies

By Deborah Cooper

Providers have enacted strategies from the simple to the sophisticated in their efforts to maintain viable businesses. Creativity, in-depth analysis and a fresh perspective have produced the following insights:


Legal Speak

Still in the Dark on the DRA

By Asela Cuervo

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) revised the Medicare payment methodologies for oxygen and certain DME. Effective January 1, 2006, Medicare no longer pays for oxygen as a continuous rental. Under the new reimbursement methodology, Medicare will pay for oxygen equipment for only 36 continuous months.


Stay Vigilant in “Lame-Duck” Session of Congress

By Deborah Cooper

By the time you read this, the mid-term elections will have just ended. But does the result matter for the respiratory home medical industry?

Dealers Discuss: Robert Steedley, President, Barnes Healthcare Services and Optioncare

Funding Focus

Whose Business Is It?

By Kelly Riley

Sweeping changes: the one true constant those who work in the DME industry can count on. These changes have the potential to affect company owners, shareholders, employees and the patients they serve. The passing of the Deficit Reduction Act included a bill that limits rental payment to providers to 36 months for oxygen services. At the end of that period, ownership and responsibility for service and maintenance is transferred to the patient. Statistics show that for most companies, this transfer equates to a significant reduction in reimbursement for 35% of the oxygen patients they serve, as that is the number of patients that require long-term oxygen therapy (LTOT) beyond 36 months.

Industry Inspiration

Adventures in Adversity

By Thomas L. Petty, M.D.

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