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Billing/Reimbursement

  • Charging Cash Customers Less Than What is Billed to State Medicaid
    November 17, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - Billing and collecting from state Medicaid programs is more expensive and time consuming for a DME supplier than collecting from a cash-paying customer. It is logical for suppliers to desire to charge a cash-paying customer less than what the supplier bills Medicaid. The question thus arises: Is it permissible for the supplier to do so? read more »

  • Medtrade Exhibitor DeVilbiss Introduces Online Ordering, Wins Ethics Award
    November 17, 2014

    SOMERSET, PA – Medtrade exhibitor DeVilbiss Healthcare continued a busy end-of-year schedule with the roll out of its new and improved Provider Online Ordering system. The system is designed to add another convenient option for new and existing independent customers located in the United States to place orders for respiratory products. read more »

  • Physician Payments Sunshine Act
    November 10, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and manufacturers of prescription drugs and devices that are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP to annually report (1) payments and gifts provided to physicians and teaching hospitals and (2) investment interests held by physicians or a physician’s immediate family member.   read more »

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Rehab/Mobility

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Respiratory/Sleep

  • Heavy Sleep Presence at Medtrade Validated by Another Government Report
    November 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - Numerous sleep medicine exhibitors at last month’s Medtrade testified to the growing awareness of sleep disorders. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has put sleep apnea directly in the crosshairs by advocating the testing of rail engineers to check for sleep-disordered breathing. read more »

  • A Bad Night’s Sleep Helps Nothing
    November 17, 2014

    FORT COLLINS, CO - With celebrity physician Dr. Oz recently proclaiming that poor sleep is the “single most under-appreciated health problem in America,” the business and clinical practice of sleep medicine seems poised to explode.  read more »

  • New Drowsy Driving Numbers Signal Large Problem
    November 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC - Numerous sleep medicine exhibitors at last month’s Medtrade testified to the growing awareness of sleep disorders, with sleep apnea accounting for multiple comorbidities. The AAA Foundation for Public Safety’s long-awaited report last week also highlights another huge problem—drowsy driving—concluding that as much as 21% of crashes (from 2009-2013) in which a person was killed, likely involved a drowsy driver. read more »

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Manufacturer/Provider

  • I Am the HME Industry - Chris Malcom
    November 24, 2014

    CUMMING, GA - The vast majority of Chris Malcom’s customers are online, but the co-founder of At Home Medical, Cumming, Ga, is nonetheless concerned about the overall shopping experience. Despite solid business for the past 16 years, Malcom took the time, effort, and expense to usher in the next generation of its medical supply delivery business with the launch of a new web site. The site offers products geared specifically for customers who use wheelchairs, continence care, urology, ostomy, skin care, and wound care products. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Brian Best
    November 17, 2014

    CARROLL, IA – The HME industry saw one of its own swept into office earlier this month when Republican Brian Best won a seat in Iowa House District 12, defeating two-term Democrat incumbent Dan Muhlbauer. The 54-year-old Best owns BestMED Respiratory, a one-location fixture in Carroll, Iowa, for the last 13 years. read more »

  • I Am the HME Industry - Rob Cardone
    November 03, 2014

    IRMO, SC - Why leave the health technology sector for the HME world? For Rob Cardone, North Carolina/Virgina territory manager for South Carolina-based distributor Skye Medical, the answer is opportunity. read more »

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General Healthcare

  • Use of Social Media - Part 1 of 2
    November 24, 2014

    AMARILLO, TX - “Social media” is a way for people to communicate and interact online. Social media has been around since the dawn of the Internet, but in the last ten (10) years or so we've seen a surge in both the number and popularity of social media sites. It's called social media because users engage with (and around) it in a social context, which can include conversations, commentary, and other user-generated annotations and engagement interactions. read more »

  • Early Registration for Medtrade Spring is Open
    November 24, 2014

    LAS VEGAS - Registration for Medtrade Spring 2015 is officially open. The Spring version of the nation’s premiere HME event is scheduled for March 30-April 1, 2015. Attendees who sign up now are eligible for considerable savings. Click Here to Register. read more »

  • Annual Medtrade Photo Collage
    November 10, 2014

    ATLANTA – If you missed Medtrade last month, or perhaps you attended but had to miss a session, the Digital Conference Library is now available. Providers may purchase a DVD Rom with 90+ sessions and speaker-approved handouts for $199, or spend $159 for unlimited lifetime access to the Online Learning Center, which features audio, plus handouts from 90+ sessions. read more »

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