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…

TransTracheal Oxygen Delivery Is an Alternative to a Nasal Cannula – May 2012

TransTracheal Oxygen Delivery Is an Alternative to a Nasal Cannula Transtracheal oxygen therapy (TTOT) delivers oxygen directly into the trachea via a small, flexible, plastic catheter. It is intended only for people requiring long term, continuous oxygen therapy and is a scientifically validated alternative to oxygen delivered by nasal prongs. Current estimates suggest between 600,000…

2012 Flu Season Expected to Peak Later in Year

2012 Flu Season Expected to Peak Later in Year than Last Year’s Flu Season Flu season activity  is expected to peak later in the coming year than it had in the January–February period of 2011. Injectible influenza vaccines, Fluzone, Fluzone High Dose and Fluzone Intradermal, are made up of the three flu strains most likely…

Medicare Changes in 2011- January 2011

Medicare Changes in 2011 The healthcare reform legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama profoundly changes the way care is provided. According to Medscape, “The Affordable Care Act seeks to dramatically expand the number of people who can afford healthcare. It does that by subsidizing the cost for those who can’t afford it, penalizing…

Respiratory News – September-2010

Respiratory News A clinical study comparing Sprivia in the Handihaler and in the Respimat is now recruiting participants. It is sponsor Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals – the clinicaltrials.gov identifier is NCT01126437.    Because it requires control of breathing and posture, singing lessons can improve quality of life measures and decrease anxiety in COPD patients, according to a…

Legislative-Success

HR 6331 Legislation Passes! – September 2008

Significant Legal Decisions That Will Affect You! HR 6331 Legislation Passes! Everyone who got involved by contacting their elected representatives can be proud of the passage of HR 6331 – Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. President Bush, concerned how HR 6331 would be funded, vetoed the bill. Congress overrode the President’s…

Learning about Pulmonary Hypertension – March 2008

Learning about Pulmonary Hypertension Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) is continuous high blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, a major blood vessel that leaves the heart to bring blood to the small pulmonary arteries of the lungs. It is here the blood picks up a fresh supply of oxygen. Normally, the average blood pressure in the…