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Digital health, Folgers coffee cans and bacon: A day in the Heartland

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When last year’s Heartland Conference rolled around, I had just gotten my Freestyle Libre and was excited to take it on the road and see how much easier it was to check my blood sugar from the confines of a plane or during a session.

When in doubt, get out those ABNs

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Have you ever been in Best Buy, simply trying to purchase whatever electronic device and been forced to listen to *The Spiel?

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Prior auth for Group 2 support surfaces squeezes hospital discharges

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Andrea Stark
reimbursement consultant, MiraVista

With CMS launching a new mandatory prior authorization program for group 2 support surfaces in July, suppliers are understandably concerned about accommodating patients with immediate needs for pressure support, particularly upon hospital discharge.

What’s new about the DME competitive bidding program? Everything!

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Monday, May 6, 2019
By Cara Bachenheimer, Mark J. Higley, Robert Rankin and Dan Starck

Bob Dylan probably didn’t have durable medical equipment (DME) in mind when he sang “The times they are a-Changin.” But that memorable refrain could easily apply to Medicare’s DME competitive bidding program (CBP), which will implement a brand new process for bidding this June.
 

You say tomato, I say tomahto?

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Is there a provider that doesn’t like a good lead? As long as it’s legal? (Which, BTW, is good question as we’ve learned from “Operation Brace Yourself.”)

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So, what’s on my desk, anyway?

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The title of my blog is “On the editor’s desk” and, this time of year, what’s on the editor’s desk is…a lot.

Sure, there’s the usual detritus of coffee cups, water bottles, hand lotion, gum, desk planner, ear buds and post-it notes.

Spring has sprung and the stories are blooming

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The latest news cycle certainly kicked off with a bang! First, the latest update on the competitive bidding program, which features an aggressive timeline and added certain orthotics and non-invasive vents (vents! I tell ya!).

Deja vu

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Monday, March 11, 2019

It certainly caught the attention of HME providers when CVS announced that CPAP masks would be among the products offered in three new HealthHub concept stores in the Houston area.

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What’s up with this ‘What’s Covered’ app?

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

CMS this week has made much ado about its new “What’s Covered” app that allows beneficiaries to see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service, which of course includes HME.

Chicken wings, beer and ... oxygen concentrators?

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Monday, January 21, 2019

So apparently, the New England Patriots won the AFC East (am I saying that right?) last night.

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