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Archive for December, 2008

Responding to Ice Storm, New England Durable Medical Equipment Providers Mobilized to Ensure Safety of Home Oxygen Patients

ARLINGTON, VA, December 15, 2008 Home oxygen providers in New England prepared for the deadly ice storm that struck last week and have responded with extra visits and contacts with patients receiving home oxygen therapy. An oxygen patient who uses an oxygen system that runs on electricity must have a back-up supply of oxygen that ...

Another Look At The New Medicare Home Oxygen Regulations

Congressional Letter Calls for Delay of O2 Rules A “dear colleague” letter circulated by congressmen Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Tom Price (R-Ga.) urges members of the House of Representatives to sign a letter to the Center for Medicare Services calling for the agency to delay implementing its recently released rules for oxygen services. Here is a draft ...

New Rules for How Medicare Pays Suppliers for Oxygen Equipment

Changes in law require Medicare to change the way it pays suppliers for oxygen equipment and supplies. You will still be able to get your oxygen equipment. However, you should know about the new rules that start January 1, 2009. How does the recent law change the way Medicarepays for oxygen equipment and related supplies? ...

Its Not Too Late – Get Your Flu Shot Now

Flu is a serious contagious disease. Each year in the United States, on average: >More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications. >20,000 of those hospitalized are children younger than 5 years old. >36,000 people die from flu. Take Action To Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From The Flu. The Centers for Disease ...

Study shows that with treatment, patients with COPD can significantly improve quality of life

PATIENTS with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can now lead normal and active lives for longer with proper management of the disease. The results of the UPLIFT (Understanding Potential Long-term Impacts on Function with Tiotropium) study demonstrated that tiotropium therapy improved lung function, quality of life, and exacerbations among COPD patients during a four-year period. ...

Expert calls ruling on asthma drugs “reasonable”

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel ruled late Thursday that the risks of two asthma drugs — Serevent and Foradil –outweigh the benefits in children and adults with asthma. The panel also ruled that two more commonly prescribed asthma drugs – Advair and Symbicort — have acceptable safety profiles for adults and children with ...

Friday’s COPD Newsletter from COPD Support, Inc.

Volume 9, Issue 2 December 12, 2008 Joan Costello, Editor FDA ADVISORS RECOMMEND REJECTION OF AIRWAY VALVE FOR EMPHYSEMA By Emily P. Walker: An FDA advisory panel recommended against agency approval of a first-of-its-kind one-way airway valve for emphysema patients, a device billed as a noninvasive substitute for lung volume-reduction surgery. By an 11-2 vote, ...