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Making Winter Easier for People Who Have Asthma

As winter weather finally rolls in after a long, hot summer, healthcare professionals see more colds and flu too. Winter’s dry, cold air can bring about a very stressful time of year for children and adults with asthma. A simple cold virus can trigger an asthma episode because when you suffer from asthma, your lungs are already irritable and more reactive to

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Men’s Health Tips for an Active Retirement

So you’ve finally made it to retirement — congratulations! You’re moving into a new season of life, one where you no longer have to get up at the crack of dawn to drive or take the train to work. You can celebrate not having to endure those tedious meetings or make small talk at the water cooler! As author Scott

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Aging with Grace: There’s No Shame in Asking for a Hand

It’s a simple fact of aging gracefully.  While we all want to live healthy and fulfilling lives, with age we lose some of our reflexes, balance and the ability to recover quickly from an injury.  Part of living independently as we get older comes with getting more comfortable in asking for a hand from time to time. Don’t worry –

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Graham-Field Celebrates the Mighty Pediatric Nurse

It takes a special kind of person to be a pediatric nurse! Specializing in pediatrics requires patience, devotion, and passion, all of which play a vital role in caring for children from infancy through the late teen years. Nurses with a calling to this field go through advanced training to able to understand the needs of a child and communicate effectively

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DME Providers: We Support Your Labor of Love

As we navigate the third quarter of the year, the HME industry continues to be battered by programs and policies set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  We’re all drowning in not just Competitive Bidding, but also in swelling numbers of audits. Unending audits continue to put a financial strain on many home medical equipment providers and make it very difficult for

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Aging Solo: A Growing Retirement Trend with Opportunities for Support

As the silver tsunami of Baby Boomers hits retirement age, more and more of them are aging in place without a significant other or children to assist with their needs or care. The Washington Post reports, “Indeed, 25 million men and women — a whopping one-third of all 75 million baby boomers turning 52 to 70 this year — are doing

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Dear Medicare + Medicaid: Let’s Have a Conversation about Entrapment

If the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could speak and listen to its customers on the subject of access to medical equipment, what might they hear?? Some might sum it up in one word: Entrapment. Entrapment is a powerful word, but most of us in the industry understand it. For manufacturers, entrapment means that while we want to

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Sell This = Sell That: The Strength of Cross-Promotion in Retail Sales

As a follow-up to the earlier article, “Four Ways HME Providers Can Overcome Retail Goliaths”, here are some additional merchandising ideas to increase your retail sales. More importantly, these ideas can demonstrate to your customers that you know and understand their issues and have the right products to help them live at home. One of the main complaints about large retailers

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5 Tips for Planning a Healthy, Safe Family Getaway

Just because you have a disability or you’re not as nimble as you once were doesn’t mean you have to be a prisoner in your own home! Traveling to visit family, especially grandkids, or a trip to an exciting new destination can be refreshing and a nice change of pace. Whether the trip is solo or accompanied by others, here

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The Great Gait Debate: Walker Vs. Rollator

Do you or a loved one need help walking safely? Accepting this can be difficult. Some may see having to use a mobility device as loss of independence, while others may feel more secure because their chances of falling are reduced. They feel more independent because they don’t have to rely on another person to help them get around, and they know they will

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