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 >
Washington U.S. health care spending will nearly double by 2016, reaching $4.1 trillion from $2.1 trillion in 2006 — and the fastest-growing sector is home health care. According to a report... Read more >
The No. 3 denial reason code from Medicare among HME providers as reported by RemitData is C057: Payment denied/reduced because the payer deems the information submitted does not support this level... Read more >
Nashville, Tenn. Cigna Government Services is pushing to add more than 200 positions in preparation for taking over as the Jurisdiction C DME Medicare Administrative Contractor, officials said last... Read more >
You might say that Norco Virtual University was born of frustration. The Web-based training tool is used by Norco, a Boise, Idaho-based home medical equipment provider, to keep its employees updated... Read more >
Columbia, S.C. A pre-pay probe review of Jurisdiction A claims for negative pressure wound therapy has resulted in more than three-quarters of those claims being denied, according TriCenturion, the... Read more >
“You have to be an eternal optimist to be in this business,” proclaims California provider Cliff Woolard. And he is. Despite reimbursement reductions galore, the possibility of a 13-month... Read more >
“Under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Congress merely considered the economic issues of home oxygen therapy, and not the clinical aspects. This legislation to repeal this provision of the... Read more >
Tallahassee, Fla. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida has filed 23 False Claims Act lawsuits against clinics and DME companies, alleging some $30 million in fraudulent... Read more >
The president's FY 2008 budget proposal, submitted to Congress in early February, dramatically improves this industry's ability to have a constructive conversation with Congress regarding how... Read more >
If you are not currently participating in the sleep market, you are most likely considering the prospect. There is good reason: The market is growing at approximately 20 percent annually, and... Read more >
Washington In a move both expected and dreaded by home medical equipment providers, early last month President Bush revealed his 2008 proposed budget, which includes a 13-month cap on home oxygen... Read more >
Washington Bill Thomas, former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and a long-time foe of the HME industry, has signed on as a visiting fellow of the American Enterprise Institute... Read more >
Last month, members of the Senate Finance Committee “stopped short” of endorsing CMS Acting Administrator Leslie Norwalk as the agency's permanent head, according to a CQ HealthBeat... Read more >