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by: Mike Moran - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The HME industry's on a roll:

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*All the lobbying on national competitive bidding has spurred two legislative committees to schedule hearings for May 6 and May 21. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and chair of its Health Subcommittee, will host the first hearing (An source recently characterized Stark as "a newly invigorated supporter"). A subcommittee of the House Committee on Small Business will host the second.

Tears of the Sun ipod *Three senators yesterday (Tuesday) introduced a bill that would exclude complex rehab from competitive bidding. S. 2931, sponsored by Sens. Olympia Snow, R-Maine; Tim Johnson, D-S.D.; and Debbie Stabanow, D-Mich., is a companion bill to H.R. 2231, sponsored by Rep. Tom Andrews, D-Maine (Maine matters!).

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The Great Debaters video The Crow movie full *The industry has had some success shopping around legislative language that would delay competitive bidding until CMS addresses concerns like unfairly disqualified bidders. Delaying Round 2 is an "easy ask-for," but delaying Round 1 is a "tougher sell," an industry source said.

All this while legislators attempt to craft a Medicare package. An industry source told me: "We have a lot of irons in the fire. Because of the two hearings in the House, the noise level on Capitol Hill just continues to escalate, and it's all in favor of getting us some kind of relief."

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by: Mike Moran - Thursday, April 24, 2008

In his race to win the Republican nomination for the 10th District of Pennsylvania, former Pride Mobility President Dan Meuser heavily outspent opponent Chris Hackett but still lost the April 22 primary, 52% to 48%, according to various media that covered the race.

Spending in the race was lavish. Meuser loaned his campaign more than $1.8 million. Hackett loaned his campaign about $790,000. Combined, the two men spent about $1.2 million on television commercials.

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Keeping the Faith Meuser, 44, called Hackett, 45, around 8 a.m. April 23 and congratulated him on winning the closely contested race, which at times turned bitter and very negative.

Meuser campaigned on a very conservative platform and also promised to be a staunch supporter of the HME industry in Washington. At AAHomecare’s Legislative Conference in March, Meuser told a group of supporters: “You will always have an open door and a good friend in Congress. I can’t imagine why I wouldn’t be the leading (industry) advocate. There is no silver bullet to the pending healthcare crisis, but home care is one of the solutions. I understand that. It’s in my blood.”

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by: Mike Moran - Wednesday, April 23, 2008

CMS officials told congressional staffers yesterday that they disqualified 630 of the 1,005 providers who participated in Round 1 of national competitive bidding, according to AAHomecare. Then they said providers have no one but themselves to blame, comparing them to high school students who forgot to include their SAT scores with their applications. What an insult.

Here's another analogy for CMS: If I'm a high school teacher and 63% of my students fail a test, I'm going to wonder how I contributed to their failure. Maybe I didn't cover the right material. Maybe I didn't give them clear enough instructions. Maybe I didn't give them enough time to complete the test. The possibilities are endless.

You'd think CMS officials would consider how they may have played a part in a competitive bidding program gone bad. Then again, I guess they're too busy saving face and throwing insults.

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by: Mike Moran - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

This recent Associated Press article Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot video

about how the healthcare system may not be ready to care for an influx of 78 million baby boomers does a good job of highlighting Medicare's shortcomings. This pretty much sums it up:

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"The study said Medicare may even hinder seniors from getting the best care because of its low reimbursement rates, a focus on treating short-term health problems rather than managing chronic conditions and lack of coverage for preventive services or for health care providers’ time spent collaborating with a patient’s other providers."

While the Institute of Medicine's study focuses on issues concerning physicians (low reimbursement, not enough geriatric specialists), it still provides ammunition for the home medical equipment industry.

Take a read.

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by: Mike Moran - Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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It turns out the medical lab industry has sued Medicare to stop competitive bidding for lab tests (The agency currently pays set rates for the tests). In its lawsuit, the industry argues competitive bidding would affect patient care. Sound familiar?

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Here's the kicker: A federal judge yesterday (April 8) agreed to grant a preliminary injunction in the case, effectively delaying Medicare's plans to test competitive bidding for lab tests in San Diego County. The WSJ's blog includes a link to the judge's 19-page ruling.

A provider e-mailed me: "Lab services cannot be as service intensive as DME/respiratory care. This must give us some precedent for action."

I'd say so.

by: Mike Moran - Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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National competitive bidding continues to steal headlines this week. Some of the latest news:

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CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems on April 1 responded to Rep. Jason Altmire’s “dear colleague” letter. I doubt Weems’ letter

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will satisfy Altmire and his 122 colleagues. Weems continues to stick very close to the party line. For example: “I am pleased to report that small providers make up a significant number (64 percent) of the suppliers being offered contracts under Round 1 of the program. This is more than double the target goal for small supplier participation in the program.”

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AAHomecare on March 31 detailed plans to examine the supplier selection process for Round 1. It has retained Sidley Austin, a Washington, D.C., law firm, to review the cases of 150 providers who say they have been unfairly and incorrectly shut out of the program.

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I know it’s hard to think about anything else besides competitive bidding, but I thought this story The Affair of the Necklace video published in yesterday’s New York Times was interesting. It’s about a portable device that delivers electrical shocks meant to revive victims of sudden heart seizures (think defibrillators). They’re commonly used by ambulance crews, but recently, manufacturers like Philips Medical have been marketing them to “health-conscious consumers as the latest safety feature for their homes.” Sounds like a good lead for HME providers seeking to add another cash item to their shelves, right? Not so fast. A study has found that patients in homes equipped with the devices died at the same rate as those without it.

by: Mike Moran - Friday, March 21, 2008

Surely, you're all poring over CMS's new competitive bidding prices for home medical equipment. If you haven't seen this document Chi bi ipod and this set of documents, download them now. The first outlines the weighted average savings by product category and by competitive bidding area (CBA); the second outlines the prices by product category (and all the items within each category) and by CBA.

If you didn't listen to yesterday's press conference with Kerry Weems, CMS's Acting Administrator, here's a link

to a transcript (courtesy of yours truly).

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Be sure to check out our Monday NewsWire. We have THREE competitive bidding-related stories on tap.

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to read the story accompanying this headline: Do you think I'm sexy? Apnea raises doubt.

Some days, you just can't catch a break.

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by: Mike Moran - Tuesday, March 18, 2008

One-hundred-twenty U.S. representatives and 17 senators ended up signing two “dear colleague” letters demanding that CMS explain national competitive bidding’s impact on small providers of home medical equipment. The lead authors of the letters, Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., and Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, sent them to CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems today. For more information, see this story in this week's HME NewsWire.

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by: Mike Moran - Monday, March 17, 2008

Here’s the lastest news on round one of competitive bidding, courtesy of Don Clayback, The MED Group’s vice president of government relations. Clayback had a call with the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) earlier today. Here’s what he found out:

1.) The CBIC will send out notices to all Round 1 bidders within the next two weeks. That could mean this week or next; they would not be more specific.
2.) All letters (winners and losers) will be sent out the same day via Certified Mail. That means everyone should get their letter within a day or two of each other.
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3.) Winners will receive a contract to be signed along with the new fee schedule. They will have 10 days from the mailing date to respond.
4.) The contract will be for a three year period commencing July 1, 2008.
5.) Unsuccessful bidders will also receive a letter stating they were not selected.
6.) Despite Clayback's additional inquiries, the CBIC would not share more specific information at this time.

by: Mike Moran - Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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We posted the NewsPoll question for our April issue yesterday afternoon and considering the number of responses we've received already, something tells us the Internet is on your minds. As usual, we'll publish the results of the poll in our next issue. It should be interesting: So far, the majority of you feel the Internet is making your customers savvier buyers of home medical equipment, BUT only half of you are using the technology as a marketing tool. Your biggest complaint about the Internet: "It has hurt our business, because we can't operate at the deep discount offered on the Web," wrote in one respondent.

Looking a little farther forward, we're planning on publishing a special report on the Internet in our May issue, which debuts at Medtrade Spring. It's shaping up to be quite a package: a story on the technology-related seminars at the show; a commentary by Senior Editor Jim Sullivan; a story about SeQual's new service and maintenance policies for Internet resellers; and an overview of how the Internet has changed your business, for better or worse.

Stay tuned.