Mary Nicholas

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Keeping Up With HME Accreditation Standards

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 04:05 PM

Or ... running on the treadmill and staying in the same place fast?

Reimbursements have dropped, goods cost more, employees would like a raise and as the business owner, you are barely staying in the black. You constantly make cuts to your expenses when you can, but the situation still is less than desirable.

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Topics: Quality Standards, HME Accreditation Requirements, Compliance

HME Accreditation for Medical Practices: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

What does it mean to have my practice accredited?
To become accredited means that you have applied, implemented and adhered to a set of business practices that focus on quality and quality of care.  If you intend to submit claims to Medicare for Part B DME items, it means that you have gone through the process to adhere to the set of Quality Standards that Medicare has imposed.

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Topics: HME Accreditation Requirements, Physicians, Chiropractors

Heroes Among Us

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 @ 04:48 PM

Almost everywhere we look today, we see superheroes.  With Halloween nipping at our heels, the stores are advertising how we can dress up like the Hulk, or Catwoman, or Captain America.  Heroes seems to have a pretty high profile right now in movies, books, video games and marketers tell us all the time that we can be just like them. 

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Topics: Security, Materials Management, Retail, Warehouse, Safety Officer

Who is Anti-Quality? 4 Ways to Improve Your HME Business

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:12 AM

Who is Anti-Quality?

I would dare say that in a room of 100 people not one would raise their hand in response to that question.  We all want a “quality of life”.  As consumers we all want quality products; quality in the foods we eat, in the goods we purchase, in the cars we drive. We may not consciously think, “I want to buy a can of quality vegetables”, but we sure do all want to believe that the vegetables are of a certain quality with a certain taste and processed with a high level of sanitation and safety.  We all seek quality if not once but numerous times a day even if it isn’t a conscious thought.

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Topics: Quality, Quality Improvement, Process Improvement

CMS Clarifies Quality Standards and K0005 - Ultra Light Weight Wheelchairs

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

On August 16th the Accreditation Organizations received the notice below from CMS and we were asked to share the information with all suppliers.

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Topics: Quality Standards, CMS

Creating Quality By Working Together

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

I know this may come as a shock to everyone, but I love Quality. I love the concepts of Quality and I love taking those concepts and applying them to our everyday work life. 

At a recent all-staff meeting, we played the Butterfly Activty. I hadn’t played this one before, and I thought, what an odd name. I didn’t see any connection between butterflies and how this could be an example for us. I was happily anticipating how this would play out.

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Topics: Quality