March 2007

Accreditation: What you need to know, when you need to act HomeCare's Interactive Teleconference Tuesday April 3, 2007 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EST Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the... Read more >
Mark Twain said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” No doubt, numbers can be twisted to distort the truth, but in the case of home care, there are a... Read more >
I get many calls from HomeCare magazine readers sharing ideas or incidents that have affected their HME companies. One, which I have heard more than once, is about the “quiet customer”... Read more >
The National Organization on Disability, based in Washington, has chosen Berkeley, Calif., as the winner of its sixth annual Accessible America Contest. Chicago was selected as runner-up. According... Read more >
Why sell HME retail? Just do the math. After 30 to 40 percent reimbursement cuts annually from Medicare for the past several years and with competitive bidding rolling out nationally, whatever profit... Read more >
If retail is not a big part of your HME business, why not? That's one of the questions HomeCare asked magazine readers in our 2007 Retail Survey. One provider answered: “We see only a few... Read more >
Alignment of a company's vision and values with its strategies, policies and management controls is the foundation of high performance. Organizations without this alignment will create friction... Read more >
Have you ever been in your office or car at the end of the day wondering where all the time went? If you answered “yes” to that question, then you know the importance of time. Selling... Read more >
It will be beneficial for your company to begin activity-based costing as a means to determine how much any particular item actually costs you to provide. A lot of effort must go into figuring this... Read more >
Invacare Corp./Power Wheelchair TDX SP MI6i electronics with a 90 amp controller; SureStep suspension allows front casters to drop 3 inches off obstacles for stability and obstacle climbing... Read more >
Wendell Matas is down, but he's sure not out. Like many home medical equipment and rehab providers, the owner of Wheelchairs Northwest in Bellevue, Wash., is feeling the effects of legislative and... Read more >
The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology has sent a report to state Medicaid directors urging caution in the adoption of Medicare's new power mobility device fee schedule. NCART says... Read more >
Ever since CMS began its overhaul of the rehab coverage and pricing model, power mobility providers have found themselves confused and frustrated. HME companies are unsure how to move forward, and... Read more >
Sixteen months after the cessation of a concentrated effort to crack power wheelchair fraud in Harris County, Texas, CMS is still seeing a decrease in fraudulent claims, officials say. “CMS has... Read more >
Take a stroll through any mall in America and you will see an HME market segment in the making. Nearly two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, according to the National Health... Read more >