March 2008

March 2008
BALTIMORE — In a late afternooon press conference, CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems announced new payment rates resulting from the first round of Medicare DMEPOS competitive bidding. While... Read more >
Policy-makers in Washington and experts in health care delivery recognize that home care is one of the most cost-effective forms of care. Yet the federal government has taken many actions that will... Read more >
WASHINGTON As HME advocates gathered in the nation's capital earlier this month to push for a delay of competitive bidding, a CMS official said the agency plans to move forward with the first two... Read more >
Respironics/Concentrator EverFlo Q five-liter stationary oxygen concentrator; weighs 31 pounds produces sound level of 40 decibels does not require filter replacement; available with or without... Read more >
Wildbleu/Moisture-Eliminating Sleepwear Kiwi Caribbean Pajamas fabric designed to feel like real cotton but dry four times faster so women can sleep through the night, even through hot flashes and... Read more >
Check the HomeCare Monday archives at for these and other industry headlines: OIG Fraud Report Hits Just Days Before Industry Takes to Capitol Hill U.S. Health Care... Read more >
Psst! Looking for that Sassybax bra that Oprah touts on her TV show? How about a nursing tank top, jewelry or a baby gift? If you're like most folks, the last place you'd look for such items is a... Read more >
30 years ago In yet another scenario that has since become all too familiar, HME companies were anxiously awaiting the results of proposed Medicare policies on oxygen from what was then called the... Read more >
This month in our DME MAC comparison, Jurisdiction C barely made it out of the No. 1 spot and has turned over the title to Jurisdiction D for claim denials of E0260 — semi-electric hospital bed... Read more >
While the Administration's proposed FY 2009 budget package on Medicare and oxygen payment were appropriately dismissed on Capitol Hill, that is not an indication that Congress will leave the home... Read more >
On the Monday morning following Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the phone rang and the caller identified himself as a provider. “We are looking at our options to prepare for competitive bidding,... Read more >
In high school physical science, we were supposed to be learning about energy and engines and how stuff works. The truth is, I spent most of my time in Mr. Hill's ninth-grade class trying to figure... Read more >
If someone walks into an HME, nine times out of 10 they'll need a bathroom safety product if they don't already have one in their home, says Kevin Jones, senior product and brand manger for Home Care... Read more >
ATLANTA Just as stakeholders prepared to set off for the American Association for Homecare's Washington Legislative Conference March 4-6, they acquired new ammunition when an economic study on... Read more >
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the fourth leading cause of death in the USA, accounting for over 120,000 deaths annually and costing more than $30 billion per year. It is... Read more >