Category: A Government Perspective

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PECOS—It Ain’t Just a River in Texas!

“PECOS” has been talked about for many years in the U.S. Healthcare Industry.  It’s a very serious issue for any health care provider in the U.S., but I am sure many have no idea what it means or how it applies to them, their businesses or referral sources and prescribers.

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CMS’ Form C Limitations Make Access to Quality Goods

The publicized mantra for Medicare Part B’s competitive bidding program has been to reduce expenditures while maintaining quality and ensuring beneficiary access to the goods and services that they need. One of the frequently raised questions regarding this is: How will CMS ensure that beneficiaries will have access to the goods they need; and, how…

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Will Paul Revere Show Up In Time?

Years ago I started my professional career as a history teacher. This passion for history certainly has a significant impact on how I view things. I’m experiencing one of those moments right now regarding competitive bidding… and my mind is being drawn to Paul Revere and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. In early 1775…

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Dirty Politics, the solution to the economic downturn

You know, I think that I’ve figured out the most effective way to stimulate the economy (short of going to war). All you need to do is schedule a national election and create some initial interest and controversy with sound bites like “this election may produce a major shift in power! or A new, extremist group is gaining momentum that will threaten (or save, depending on your persuasion) our way of life!”

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Competitive bidding concerns expressed, are they being heard?

Well, it’s certainly been a while since I was able to sit down with my keyboard and share my errant musings with all of you (sorry I’m trying to expand my vocabulary). However, something came to light this week that I just had to share.

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We Need Your Help!

For quite some time we’ve been trying to get adjustable skin protection seating pulled out of competitive bidding. Whether you support or oppose competitive bidding I think that everyone would agree that in order to effectively bid anything requires the items your are bidding on to be well defined. This simply isn’t the case for adjustable skin protection seat cushions…that’s why we need YOUR help!

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Help Save Access to Your Medical Products

I sincerely hope that I’m being “Chicken Little”, believing that the sky is falling when it really isn’t. However, I’ve been in the home care industry for almost 30 years now and I can’t recall a time when I saw the situation as dire as it is right now. Medicare  is implementing all kinds of…

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The Results Are In…

The results are in from the first round of competitive bidding in nine metropolitan areas. Read Dave’s latest update on Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

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Help Keep Your Access to Therapeutic Seat Cushions

Through your efforts, we crashed Elizabeth Stein’s email at Senator Harkin’s office in November, 2012. As a result, Senator Harkin committed to taking action to try and get adjustable skin protection seat cushions removed from competitive bidding. However, to date no action has been taken. Let’s keep up all of your hard work! We must…

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