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When it comes to the bid, try not to lose sleep over the nutjobs

Friday, June 25, 2010

Like other providers who submitted bids in Round 1.2 of competitive bidding, provider Randy Freeman, of Mediwell in Forth Worth, was feeling a little nervous yesterday.

"I had confidence last time," he said. "Now I am real concerned with where some of the nutjobs are going to bid."

The economy, worker bees and you

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I confess: I like to read business news, the kind where people rant about "worst bosses ever" or share tips for promoting a happy and harmonious workplace.

AAH: Survey diabetes patients


ARLINGTON, Va. - CMS needs to collect data from beneficiaries with diabetes if it wants a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the impact that competitive bidding will have on all beneficiaries, AAHomecare said in comments submitted May 3.

Orange juice and understanding in the dead of night

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A common theme comes up when talking to providers about diabetes patients and the competitive bidding program: I hear frequently about how this population of patients is typically the neediest, in terms of care and instruction.

Reporter's notebook: It's not about the money


T.J. Thompson, president of Atlantic Respiratory Services in Charleston, S.C., worries the independents will be weeded out by national competitive bidding.
"The only way to compete is to convince referrals that I'm going to give their patients the best service," she said. "The physicians in our area don't want to send their patients to the nationals. Once competitive bidding goes through, patient care goes out the window. There's no incentive to compete at that level."

Industry to lose champion

Friday, May 21, 2010

Say what you will about Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and his party-hopping ways – he's been a champion for the HME industry.

TV station attempts to follow the Medicare paper trail

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I came across this story about a Medicare bennie who, well, the lead on this story sums it up better than I ever could:

Providers 'play it safe'


YARMOUTH, Maine – Some HME providers are putting off investing in their companies until they have a better idea what the future holds.