Top HME Twitter Conversations

Week Ending August 10, 2012

by David Bargmann

One of the beautiful things about the Olympics is watching the triumph of the human spirit. Watching athletes dedicate time and effort to achieving the gold is inspiring. It was also great to see planning for wheelchair access, as the country has been under increased criticism. Over 750,000 wheelchair users live in the UK.

@AccessAdvocates reported on accessibility planning and outcomes at the games.

Access Advocates ‏@AccessAdvocates
Wheelchair Access during the #Olympics http://bit.ly/Mz1DBm  #accessibility

Provider News
Great tweet from the President of Atlanta-based Extrakare, included a Powerpoint attachment to refresh about CERT documentation requests, CMN’s, Continued Use/Need, Requests for Refill, and Proof of Delivery.

Scott Lloyd ‏@scottmlloyd
CERT #DME Taskforce documentation presentation. Lots of details to keep you compliant! http://cgsmedicare.com/jc/education/CERT/07_24_12_CERTTaskForce-30_July_Update1.pdf …

The power mobility manager of Cleveland-based Medical Service Company [@MedServCo] tweeted about a CMS Q & A on the Prior Authorization of Power Mobility Devices Demonstration.

Josh Marx ‏@jxram
Got questions about the PMD Demonstration by @CMSGov , ask me! And, take a look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3jDwBDMwp0&feature=youtu.be

Manufacturer/Media News
From Rotech’s Q2 earnings emerged an interesting tidbit. The effect of pre/post-pay audits caused $3.6mm of Rotech patients to be moved into non-billable status. Two other Q2 results caught my eye; 1) over the first six months of 2012, Rotech purchased $2.5 million in new and used rental equipment, inventory and intangible assets from competitors exiting the HME market, 2) Rotech’s 10-Q stated “we expect that we will continue to evaluate and explore strategic alternatives and opportunities as they may arise, including potential acquisitions, business combination transactions, strategic partnerships or similar transactions.” I expect to see some of this in Q4, as HME owners may sell out before potential capital gains increase in January.

Liz Beaulieu, editor at HME News responded via Twitter:

Liz Beaulieu ‏@hmeliz
Value of patients Rotech has moved to non-billable status due to prepay and post-pay audits: $3.6 million. #hmenews http://www.hmenews.com/article/growth-rotech-offset-109m-decreases …

“Big Brother” News
In the past week, CMS presented 30 minute policy-based webinars on therapeutic shoes, power mobility devices, wheelchair seating, and wheelchair options/accessories.

Liz Beaulieu ‏@hmeliz
Check out this dearth of HME-related webinars from Jurisdiction C.#hmenews http://www.cgsmedicare.com/jc/education/webinars.html …

Tools: YouTube
Use YouTube to market your products and educate patients. Search “Home Medical Equipment” to watch how providers are now utilizing video.

The Olympics bring nations together to showcase athletic talent. This week’s Top Tweeters showcased education and training…topics essential to every well-run organization.

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