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From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Charlotte, NC)

“Yes this is a call. I am calling regarding what has happened with being a witness to watching what my mother’s had to go through just to get a piece of equipment for her sleep apnea monitor/machine and we have been to 3 different [Some help} companies trying to find out who could service here at this point. This actually, I’ll just cut this short. I am totally against this action. I think you can’t Wal-Mart … Continue Reading

From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Charlotte, NC)

“I would like to say that I do not think I should have to be made to go somewhere else to get my CPAP equipment because I’m happy with getting it at Home Infusion at Mecklenberg Medical Group in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m there, I’m elderly, I don’t like to drive all over Charlotte. I can get it right there where my doctors are.  I do not think I should be made to go somewhere else … Continue Reading

From CRE’s DME Hotline: 1-800-613-7678 (Center Line, MI)

“I am a regular user of home care oxygen equipment and being able to have a company that will come to me quickly and do good work like the one I have is very important.”

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What’s Out There that Threatens HME? A Lot

From: Home Care Magazine

ELYRIA, Ohio — If you’re looking for a bit of good news in the home medical equipment sector, here it is: Congress is finally interested in what is going on in this industry, particularly in competitive bidding.

“There is huge interest on the Hill,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Elyria, Ohio-based Invacare Corp. “That is encouraging. So we need to be doing more. Everybody needs to be doing more.”

In an interview Friday on key challenges confronting the industry, Bachenheimer emphasized that stakeholder involvement could perhaps prevent some negative legislative … Continue Reading

CMS’ Blum Gets No Positive Feedback on Competitive Bidding

From: Home Care Mag

It’s not working for patients and businesses are going down, Florida providers tell agency’s deputy administrator

ORLANDO, Fla. — Apparently hoping to better understand the effects of Round 1 competitive bidding, CMS’ Jonathan Blum heard from Florida providers last week in a quick meeting that nevertheless pointed up the severe cracks in the program, according to attendees.

“It seems as though he was there to collect information and see how they could improve Round 2,” said Sean Schwinghammer, executive director of the Florida Alliance for Home Care Services. “But there are fundamental … Continue Reading