Respiratory News – March 2013

Respiratory News A calculation based on results from a large lung cancer screening trial projects 12,000 deaths a year among the highest-risk smokers and ex-smokers in the U.S. could be avoided with a national screening program of yearly CT scans. Unfortunately, without insurance coverage, the tests cost between $500 and $1,500 and may be prone…

Flu Tips from Dr Oz – March 2013

Flu Tips from Dr Oz Later’nshah flu season and thankfully it is coming to an end! If you come down with the flu, TV’s Dr. Oz has some advice for you. Oz recommends you alternate between Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. They target different receptors. By alternating them, you actually protect against over- loading your kidneys or…

Fibrosis File – March 2013

Fibrosis File Pirfenidone Is a Go InterMune Inc medication Pirfenidone, is now avail- able in Canada. The drug is known as Esbriet and is promoted to be the only treatment indicated for mild     to moderate IPF in adults. Esbriet was approved by Health Canada following a priority review granted due to the seriousness of IPF…

Calling Dr. Bauer – March 2013

Calling Dr. Bauer Dr. Bauer on the Changing Climate of Oxygen Availability: These are tough times for the many companies that supply Durable Medical Equipment (oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen systems).These are tough times for you as well. As we all know, Medicare, Medicaid and all private insurance carriers are trying to decrease costs. In larger…

Medicare Reimbursement Cuts: – March 2013

Medicare Reimbursement Cuts: Be Proactive in Understanding How You May Be Affected The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued major reimbursement cuts in equipment and service that suppliers receive in 91 metropolitan areas of the country, effective 2013. With such cuts, access to quality equipment and regular service from a home care provider will…