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Quebec company says 'oui' to HME

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07/25/2011

MONTREAL - A Canadian company that says it is eyeing the home medical equipment market here doesn't exactly have deep pockets, say analysts.

The past six months in headlines

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

We always have a special report in our show issue, the one that you can find being passed around at Medtrade. They're usually fun (top providers under 40), important (Internet marketing strategies) or both (if you had $1 million, what kind of HME company would you create).

Iowa rocks the House

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06/23/2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - In early May, Iowa became the largest state to have 100% of its U.S. representatives on board with H.R. 1041.

How did we 'win' the mock auction?

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05/25/2011

I attended Professor Peter Cramton's "Mock Medicare Auction" on April 1 at the University of Maryland along with 122 other stakeholders from the industry, government, academia and the press. The purpose was to better understand how a free market auction designed by economic experts would work as a potential alternative to the current fundamentally flawed bidding program designed and implemented by Medicare. I was assigned to the Harry Truman & Co. team and was partnered with a Washington D.C. healthcare reporter. Even though both of us had limited knowledge in auction theory and design, we won the exercise as the most profitable company.

Too much of a bad thing?

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

I got an e-mail from a reader recently who tactfully expressed her disdain for the amount of coverage we were giving to competitive bidding.

Letters to the editor: Why didn't the industry band together?

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04/25/2011

I am a small voice, a small, independent DME supplier in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston. Please help me to understand how those suppliers who have been through competitive bidding and were awarded contracts by severely underbidding (in hopes this would go away) help our industry. Those who have underbid have only hurt those of us small DMEs who will be going through the process in Round 2. My company can't compete.

Competitive bidding: Avoid these legal landmines

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04/25/2011

Competitive bidding has created several legal landmines for providers, particularly when it comes to subcontracting, purchasing and marketing, warn industry healthcare attorneys.

Keep state associations on priority list

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04/25/2011

Has competitive bidding--a program that is expected to force numerous home medical equipment providers to cut their staff or close their doors--affected membership levels at state and regional associations?

Long time HME provider throws in the towel

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04/25/2011

My name is Robert Brant and I am the co-owner of City Medical Services in North Miami Beach, Fla., in the Miami CBA. My business began in 1997 and we were Joint Commission accredited nine years before it was required.

Letters to the editor: Beneficiaries get left out in this welfare state

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04/25/2011

To start, we are not a contracted provider in any of the competitive bidding areas. However, we have entered into several sub-contracting arrangements in areas that were critical to us, albeit, at lower but still somewhat profitable rates. We are turning away patients in other areas, as well as a significant amount of our service and repairs.

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