DMEs from Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and across the country attended Oxygen EXPO2 in Orlando, FL on Jan 21st of this year. The expo, subtitled The NEXT Tech in Ambulatory Oxygen, gave DME providers an opportunity to learn about the latest homecare oxygen trends and market opportunities. We are all about technology and innovation, so being able to host an event like this where we can share our knowledge and help contribute to the industry is a great opportunity, said OxyGo CEO Victoria Marquard-Schultz. The one-day conference covered topics such as the future of portable oxygen, oxygen safety, finding assets and revenues in a connected DME market, and leveraging social media to increase patient retail and referrals. The keynote address was on advances in pulmonary medicine and was given by Franck Rahaghi, MD, MH, FCCP, Director of Respiratory Care at Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital and Clinic. Dr. Rahaghi spoke about advances in pulmonary care and the importance of getting patients
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
It is the responsibility of the company that fills, stores, delivers, handles and uses oxygen to ensure that the label complies with applicable governmental regulations.
Failure to follow DOT requirements can result in fines of $2,100 or more!
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The FDA is still inspecting transfillers, and anecdotally we have seen an increase in inspections in our industry. It is very important that you make sure you are registered at the appropriate time.
Most of us entered the home respiratory industry because we wanted to serve patients. However, if you want to serve patients and especially oxygen patients, you have to make a reasonable profit for your employer or yourself. Frankly, you are not going to be employed very long and/or be in business unless you can. Here are six (6) actions you can do to serve your patients better and make a reasonable profit at the same time: 1. Non-Delivery Business Models: Reduce or eliminate routine oxygen deliveries by providing patients with lightweight wearable portable oxygen concentrators (POC). The combination of a POC and a stationary oxygen concentrator (SOC) can eliminate one or more routine oxygen deliveries per month at an average cost of $50.00 each. Imagine what an extra $50 or $100 (2x at $50 each) per patient would do for your bottom line! 2. Expand Your Service Area: If you have fewer or no routine oxygen deliveries, you can expand your service area. This can mean more oxygen patients
The US DOT requires that every employee receive three types of training at least every 3 years, and within 90 days of start of employment for new employees.
The DME environment in which reimbursement dollars have been reduced due to many factors, cutting costs has become as important as the number of patients that you serve. When looking for ways to cut costs, one of the easiest ways is to fill your own oxygen cylinders. When you realize that there are many other advantages to refilling your own oxygen cylinders, it becomes a project that no DME should ignore. What are the advantages to refilling your own oxygen cylinders?
Oximeters from Applied are a convenient, portable, non-invasive way to spot check oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Standard Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Brighter and larger, digital LED one-way display Portable, non-invasive spot check of oxygen saturation and pulse rate Low battery indicator Continuous working time = 24 hours Easy automatic power off when the finger leaves the device for 5 seconds Runs on two AAA batteries Finger sizes from 0.3 1.0 Includes case Deluxe Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Dual color, high resolution, and easy to read LED display with multi-display, four directions and six display modes Portable, non-invasive spot check of oxygen saturation, pulse rate, pulse bar and plethysmogram Easy automatic power off when the finger leaves the device for 5 seconds Low battery indicator Includes lanyard Continuous working time = 20 hours Runs on two AAA batteries Finger sizes from 0.3 1.0 Includes case
Applied recognizes that the last several years have caused DME companies to make many changes in the way they do business. Market conditions have caused DME companies to look for more efficiency in their operations and try to reduce costs. Applied wants to help you. Refilling your own oxygen cylinders is a sure-fire way to cut your costs. By purchasing oxygen in bulk to transfill using either a gas to gas or liquid to gas oxygen refillingsystem per cylinderoxygen costs can be reduced by as much as90%, sometimes more. Simply contact Applied and speak with one of our many professionals who offer years of experience in helping DME companies save money and reduce costs by designing an oxygen refilling program that fits your company needs and budget and showyou how much you can really save by filling your own oxygen cylinders. Provide Applied with the number of cylinders that you have refilled each week and what you pay to have them filled and we will design a system for you. We are so
The role of the US Department of Transportation is to ensure the safety of the public and of the drivers that work on the roads. One way that the US DOT implements driver safety is to require that drivers do not stay out on the roads too long, drive without breaks, and they must carry a required log book. Log books are only used when, in general, a commercial motor vehicle is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions: Weighs 10,001 pounds or more Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards Most oxygen providers will fall under this category because they carry 1,001 lbs. of oxygen (thats the tanks and the gas)
DME companies can reduce costs by 25% by filling their own cylinders with an Applied oxygen transfilling system.
Anyone who fills, or private labels the gas must register with the FDA. If you are confused, or looking for more answers, Applied can register for you. Just give us a call for more information, 1-888-327-7301.
If you are spending more than one dollar on your oxygen cylinders, you should be filling. If you fill 100 cylinders or less per week, then you should start off with a gas to gas filling system.
Applied Rattle Less carts and racks are covered with a proprietary coating that protects cylinders from damage and reduces noise.
Applied DOT Cheat Sheet for medical oxygen vehicles lists the items required on board vehicles 1,001 lbs and over, and the requirements for any vehicle containing hazardous material engaged in commerce.
Have you considered filling your own oxygen cylinders lately? Most companies can pay for a liquid to gas system in the first year and save about $10,000! The average savings over five years is $182,865! Now with competitive bidding and cost cutting, there has never been a better time to start filling oxygen! My supplier is increasing my oxygen cost, but I am getting paid less! SOLUTION: By filling your own cylinders you can increase your profits by 50% or more. Typically, an oxygen filler can pocket up to 2 bucks a cylinder or more by filling the cylinders themselves (a typical E cylinder is about 55 cents). I think my supplier is losing or damaging my cylinders. SOLUTION: By filling your own cylinders, your cylinders never leave your control. I think my supplier is overcharging me for my rental cylinders. SOLUTION: When you buy cylinders from Applied, you can either purchase by pallet (with free shipping) or lease to own the cylinders when you purchase your system. I dont
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