The true death toll of home oxygen fires across the United States is likely to be higher than previous estimates by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a new study -The prevalence and impact of home oxygen fires in the USA has revealed. The study examines media reports of home oxygen fire incidents in the US between December 2017 and August 2019. It identifies news reports on 311 separate home oxygen fires over a 20-month period. These incidents resulted in a total of 164 deaths, 71 serious injuries, and 119 minor injuries, which amounts to more than one death every four days. Exploding cylinders are referenced in a third of all reported home oxygen fires, posing a significant risk to third parties, including the emergency services. In fact, 11 of the reported deaths were third parties including family members and other residents. A firefighter also fell victim to a home oxygen fire when a propane tank exploded. This new data points towards a material public health problem
Hurricane Season is here - are you and your patients prepared? Hurricane season in the Southeastern United States runs from June 1 through November 30, but peaks from mid-late August through September Hurricanes can cause massive damage to roadways, which makes it very hard to access patients Power outages can cause patients to not be able to charge important medical devices such as their POCs With power outages being a common occurrence during hurricanes many patients have no way to charge medical devices.Ensuring the patients have a way to change their POCs battery and having extra battery life can help tremendously during such stressful times. We have assembled the following kits for those in hurricane paths to be able to provide to a patient. Please see the kits below for all of the members of the OxyGo family to help your patients keep going! We have also included a checklist to make sure patients are as prepared as they can be. Click here to download our one page
With the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program competitive bid window opening July 16, its time to make sure youre on track to submit your bids before the bid window closes September 18. HomeCare asked Cara Bachenheimer, who chairs the government affairs practice at Brown Fortunato, to share the basics before Round 2021.
Westlake, OH (June 25, 2019) OxyGo, a company noted for providing high quality home healthcare oxygen products, announced that it has unanimously chosen Louis Buchino as the organizations next chief financial officer. On May 15, 2019 Buchino became the first CFO for OxyGo adding financial acumen to the executive team. I am excited to have Louis join us at OxyGo. He will make an immediate impact here, adding expertise, energy and efficiency to our already highly skilled team, says Victoria Marquard-Schultz, CEO of OxyGo. After working for two regional public accounting firms, Buchino obtained his MBA through Case Western Reserve and began working in private industry. His experience includes CFO and General Manager positions within the IT, Aerospace, and Energy industries. Im thrilled to have joined the OxyGo team. Ownerships commitment to providing resources supporting their strategy for continued growth within the healthcare industry is laying the foundation for ongoing success.The
By Dave Marquard, WEMCO Tech Chair June 8, 2019 Curiosity has often driven me to action. In 1982 I purchased one of the worlds first portable computers, the Osborne 1. It weighed almost 25 pounds and didnt have an on-board battery. It had to be plugged into a wall outlet to power up and use. However, it was still classified as a portable computer because it could be hand-carried. The Osborne 1 shipped with a large bundle of software worth almost as much as the computer. That software included some of the most powerful and pioneering programs of the day such as D-Base2 for data sorting; SuperCal, an early spreadsheet, and WordStar, a leading word processor application that had a dominant market share that lasted until the mid-1980s. I was a young VP at a small welding equipment manufacturing company, which while a market leader in its small niche, could never seem to break out of a slow growth cycle. My new computer aided ability to process large amounts of data, prepare what
OptiPillows is an EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure) nasal mask that is FDA cleared for treatment of snoring but may also treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The mask is used like a nasal pillow CPAP mask, but without tubing or a machine.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2019 OxyGo Announces Launch of OxyGo FIT Connect Orlando, FL: OxyGo LLC, a leader in the portable oxygen concentrator market announced the launch of their new Bluetooth enabled POC today. OxyGo FIT Connect will allow healthcare providers to improve patient outcomes through a new wireless connectivity platform using Bluetooth technology. The platform includes a provider dashboard and mobile application for patient use through mobile devices. The My OxyGo Provider Dashboard will work with the My OxyGo App to provide real-time monitoring that will aid in troubleshooting, concentrator health checks, preventative maintenance and geo-locating of patients POCs. Both providers and patients will be able to check battery life, column life, oxygen purity and more with the touch of a button! We are proud to introduce the OxyGo FIT Connect to the provider market. The new Bluetooth enabled unit and patient app, in conjunction with a provider focused
Introducing OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS Patient Financing to Increase Cash Sales! A DME supplier can no longer survive while being dependent on Medicare for fee-for-service with competitive bidding, stringent documentation requirements, lower reimbursement, post-payment audits, tightening Medicare purse stringsMedicare fee-for-service should only be a component of the suppliers total income stream. There are 78 million baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964); they are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and are accustomed to paying for things out-of-pocket. The successful DME will be focused on selling upgrades and selling items for cash. To help providers in this changing market, and to allow patients access to the best POC in the market, OxyGo is proud to introduce OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS. OxyCare Total Advantage PLUS is a revolutionary patient financing program for the home healthcare market Patients can own their equipment with monthly payments, and Providers can
Did you know... That OxyGo now offers a high-quality line of Disposables which consists of Cannulas, Tubing and accessories at an affordable price without sacrificing patient comfort. Key Benefits... All tubing comes with kink resistant six channel lumen design and is latex and BPA free. Cannulas are available with Comfort Soft Plus tubing that helps maximize patient comfort. Click here to see more online and below to download the new OxyGo Disposables product sheet.
As a reminder, in March 2018, the Veterans Health Administration issued a Patient Safety Alert mandating the use of thermal shut-off devices (also known as firebreaks, fire stop valves or fire safety valves) in all of its home oxygen patients installations. The VHA will be incorporating new requirements into all DME contracts for home oxygen. KEY POINTS OF THE PATIENT SAFETY ALERT The VAs Patient Safety Alert requires that thermal fuses (firebreaks) are fitted to all home oxygen patients installationsunless there is a clinical reason for not doing so. The Patient Safety Alert applies to all patients, not just those deemed to be at high risk. Two thermal shut-off devices must be fitted on each patient installation. In other words, where a patient uses both stationary and portable oxygen, two thermal fuses must be fitted on the stationary oxygen source and two on the portable source. In the case of portable devices, the requirement only applies to those with a continuous flow. Following
Get the Most out of Medtrade! The 2018 Medtrade show at Atlantas World Congress Center next month promises a continuation of the Wow Factor many attendees and exhibitors commented on at the spring 2018 Medtrade show in Las Vegas. Looking back at the Las Vegas 2018 show, the big company winners that emerged from its New Product Pavilion were: Convexity Scientific Inc. of Fairfield, CT with a portable pocket nebuilizer; X TOP for Men, McAirlaids Inc. of Rocky Mount, VA with a wetness protection product for men; Werth, LLC of Grand Rapids, MI, with a storage rack for walkers. Big winners for new products at the fall 2018 Medtrade Show New Product Pavilion will be determined at the end of the show which will run from October 15 - 18. Looking forward, heres a preview of the show: More than 270 exhibitors on the expo floor are expected to greet about 2,500 attendees. Many of them are HME providers who will be attending the show to find everything from basic healthcare products to the
All aboard for the Medtrade Spring 2018 show! It comes to the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Convention Center March 27-29. Its hte second largest trade show in the U.S. focused exclusively on the home medical equipment market. Emerald Expositions, the shows owner, touts Medtrade Spring 2018 as designed to give todays providers the highest quality educational, networking, and advocacy opportunities -- and the largest selection of HME products under one roof. While considerably smaller than the fall Medtrade show held in Atlanta every year, the spring event is noted for attracting a home healthcare crowd hungry for new products, especially in the retail sector. One provider I talked to says he always tries to come back home from the Las Vegas show with at least three new retail products to help him keep ahead of his competition. While booth sales have reportedly remained brisk for Medtrade 2018, there is one class of exhibitors that has not been asked back. York Schwab, Account Executive for
For Cathy Work, a happy-go-lucky grandmother and resident of Sandusky, Ohio, life changed for the better when she found out about OxyGo POCs. A small OxyGo POC gave her back a sense of independence and the opportunity to once again live a happy and meaningful life. When health issues related to scarred lungs forced Cathy to be put on continuous flow oxygen in her home, her life changed. Used to coming and going as she pleased, the restrictions of being tethered to oxygen tanks 24/7 sent her spiraling into a hurtful depression. It tested her will power and those of the loving family around her. We interviewed Cathy and her daughter Angela about their experience. Click below to view their interviews and hear their wonderful stories in their own words! Cathys Story Angelas Story
Jason Flanigan, Applied Home HealthCares national accounts manager, has seen the future and it is loaded with high profit potential for DMEs and HMEs that ride the wave of change taking place in oxygen delivery methods. The way to survive the future with oxygen is to get as many of your patients off cylinder delivery as you can, says Jason. The market is changing in favor of POCs because POCs are what patients want and POCs such as OxyGo make so much more economic sense in todays competitive and regulatory environment. Looking at it from voice of the doctor and the patient, Jason points out that availability and quality is the key. Medicare reimbursement numbers show a clear growing trend toward the use of POCs. Doctors want to know that the DME they recommend can take care of their oxygen recommendations and carry the POC products their patients need and the brands they request. Patients are demanding high quality products because they are seeing their co-pays rise and DMEs are making
Are air travel logistics with your POC a source of anxiety? OxyGo and OxyGo FIT are FAA-Compliant portable oxygen solutions! On August 23, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made a rule change that streamlined the process of approving portable oxygen concentrators (POCs). Rather than continuing to approve POCs on a case-by-case basis, the FAA has established acceptance criteria for POCs used on aircraft. Each compliant POC needs to have a label from the manufacturer identifying it as adhering to this critera. Were happy to announce that our OxyGo and OxyGo Fit is FAA-compliant, and bears the necessary labeling on the back of the device. OxyGo FIT keeps goingand helps you soar to new heights! Additional Resources: FAA Website Advisory Circular 120-95A - Portable Oxygen Concentrators Document Information Official FAA Ruling
Dont forget to sign up for our upcoming FDA, DOT Accreditation seminars. There are still quite a few left, and coming to a city near you! These full day seminars fufill training requirements for FDA, DOT and Accreditation for oxygen fillers and providers! At each seminar, you will learn the latest on: Oxygen Safety Oxygen Handling DOT Driver Requirements DOT Vehicle Requirements Required HazMat Safety Awareness Training How to Follow cGMP to Fill Oxygen What To Do If You Are Under Inspection How to Fill Out Required Paperwork See below for the remaining dates, and click here to register! Date City Location Early Bird Registration Tuesday, August 22, 9:00am-3:00pm Seattle, WA Courtyard Seattle Southcenter 400 Andover Park West Tukwila, WA 98188 July 22 Tuesday, September 12 9:00am-3:00pm Kansas City, MO Kansas City Airport Marriott 775 Brasilia Avenue Kansas City, MO 64153 August 12 Tuesday, October 4 9:00am-3:00pm Oklahoma City, OK DoubleTree
Introducing OxyCare Advantage: Patient Financing to Increase Cash Sales! It has become apparent that a DME supplier can no longer survive while being dependent on Medicare for fee-for-service. With competitive bidding, stringent documentation requirements, lower reimbursement, post-payment audits, tightening Medicare purse stringsMedicare fee-for-service should only be a component of the suppliers total income stream. There are 78 million baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964); they are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day and are accustomed to paying for things out-of-pocket. The successful DME will be focused on selling upgrades and selling items for cash. To help providers in this changing market, and to allow patients access to the best POC in the market, OxyGo is proud to introduce OxyCare Advantage. OxyCare Advantage is a revolutionary patient financing program for the Home Healthcare Market: Patients can own their equipment with monthly payments, and Providers
The 2017 Spring Medtrade took place at the Las Vegas Mandalay Convention Center February 28 - March 1. While the overall DME attendance seemed smaller than in past years, many exhibitors were extremely pleased at the quality of the attendance and found their booths packed, especially on the opening Tuesday of the Expo. The pavilion featured some of the most innovative HME products that have been on the market for less than one year. Jon Schultz, sales director for OxyGo POCs and Applied Companies, reported very high interest in his companys new OxyGo FIT lightweight POC and other oxygen products. We had two booths for the first time ever and both were extremely well attended. We were very, very pleased. The first day of the show we could have used even more space to field all the inquiries we had, Schultz said. When not on the show floor, attendees were able to benefit from multiple educational conference sessions on audits, business operations, competitive bidding,executive education,
Did you know that the warranty for our popular 5-setting OxyGo has changed from three years to five? We are confident in extending our warranty due in large part to the reliability and quality of our 5-setting OxyGo POC. As you know, OxyGo POCs are the most reliable in our industry with a return rate for all causes of less than 1.7%. And going forward, your 5-setting OxyGo will not only provide most capable, reliable, quality, quiet, and patient-demanded POC in the market, it now has a five-year warrantymeaning that now your customers have even more reasons to use OxyGo for all their POC needs! Please note that this new warranty only applies to the 5-setting OxyGo. The OxyGo Fit will remain with the current 3-1-1 warranty. OxyGo sieve bed and battery warranties will remain at one year. The new five-year warranty is effective only with 5-setting OxyGo POCs shipped on or after April 3rd, 2017 and does not apply to units previously sold (i.e., the new five-year warranty on the unit
Recently, CMS announced another round of oxygen reimbursement cuts. To combat this new decrease you need to not only reduce your costs, but win more patient referrals and gain cash sales. OxyGos Smart Delivery Strategy does both, enabling your business to go from just surviving to thriving. OxyGos unique Smart Delivery model has two unique components: First, the OxyGo Family of Portable Oxygen Concentrators reduces your oxygen costs by up to 38% by limiting deliveries. OxyGo POCs are reliable and easy for patients to use, so you can give them quality service without the large quantities of delivery. Second, OxyGo is the most demanded POC by patients which equates to an increase in business for you. The user changeable batteries, extra batteries, small size and sleek appearance are features that patients and referral sources look for... and with the aging baby boomer population, OxyGo has the features that patients will pay cash for. Reduce Oxygen Costs Equipment costs are only a