Upcoming Respiratory Webinars

Taking it to the Next Level with Oxygen & CPAP
Tue, Oct 29, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 AM CDT by Ronda Buhrmester Sr. Director of Payer Relations and Reimbursement

In this session, Ronda will take the discussion beyond the medical policy (LCD) requirements to the next level. Oxygen has testing requirements of chronic stable state (CSS) versus inpatient stay, determining a good diagnosis, and ruling out alternative treatment measures. How does a patient get qualified to use oxygen within the home? CPAP equipment is not covered when the patient fails the trial period, what happens next? CPAP supplies require continued need and use documentation. What information can be used? We all understand the medical policy requirements for oxygen and CPAP equipment—the next level is going deeper than the policy, discussing the odd but common scenarios that providers deal with on a regular basis.
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Past Webinars

Is it really just COPD? Recognition and Treatment of Bronchiectasis

Originally presented February 22nd, 2018 by John Eberhart RRT-SDS, RPSGT

It is estimated that bronchiectasis may affect as many as five million people when only half a million have been diagnosed. One reason this chronic disease state is so significantly underdiagnosed is that it has highly variable symptoms. During this webinar, attendees will learn more about bronchiectasis and how to distinguish it from other disease states, which could help reduce hospitalizations, readmissions, and, ultimately, costs. 

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Moving From Competitive Bid Equipment Services to Patient-Centered Outcome Based Services

Originally presented April 17th, 2018 by Zach Gantt

Equipment is only 25 percent of managing pulmonary patients; improving outcomes is much more about patient care. This presentation will dive into that point and help to show a path to getting paid for services and outcomes, making the equipment an added bonus but not the primary driver of your business model. 

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Building a Profitable Infant Apnea Monitoring Program for Your Community

Originally presented July 10th, 2018 by Thomas Lucas

The number of pre-term births has risen the past two years. There are an estimated 240,000 babies born each year that are candidates for infant apnea monitoring. This number is expected to rise due to the increase of opioid babies and women waiting later in life to have their first child. We estimate that fewer than 60,000 of these babies are actually monitored each year. This course identifies unique ways to build a profitable infant apnea monitoring program, take advantage of all possible reimbursements, increase physician referrals, and build strong relationships with the NICU. 

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The Customer Experience: How Respiratory Therapists Can Improve Patient Satisfaction

This presentation will help respiratory therapists better understand how they can make a difference in patient satisfaction and improve communication with their patients. 

Originally presented September 11th, 2018 by Jake Easterwood

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The Future of Non-Invasive Ventilation

Originally presented October 9th, 2018 by Zach Gantt

This webinar will discuss the current state of non-invasive ventilation in the United States and how the medical team can work together to help reduce health care costs. We will also discuss current programs to assist providers in managing the NIV population. Lastly, we will show how the use of technology can assist in collecting outcomes data and expand your NIV program. 

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Respiratory Supplier Audits: What’s Happening and Why

Originally presented December 11th, 2018 by Wayne van Halem

Respiratory equipment suppliers are currently experiencing an onslaught of audits, from TPE and SMRC to OIG-mandated six-year lookback audits. This presentation will guide you through what we are currently seeing with these audits and how suppliers are managing them. It will also provide attendees with a better idea of what they can expect in the future for oversight and appeals, as well as suggestions on navigating through the current atmosphere. 

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Proving Home Oxygen is Reasonable and Necessary

January 24th, 2019 presented by Ronda Buhrmester

The oxygen medical policy (LCD) lists five conditions that must be met in order to prove home oxygen therapy is reasonable and necessary. Seems so simple, five boxes to check, right? At least it appears to be that simple, but we know there is always more to the story when interpreting the five criteria needed to get an oxygen claim paid. The bottom line is that it is time to discuss the oxygen policy in order to make sure there is proper understanding of the rules. There is a good deal to discuss during this webinar, which means bring the staff together, have questions prepared, and be ready to take notes. 

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Home Sleep Study Devices and How to Score the Raw Data

February 7th, 2019 presented by Amber Jaeger and Nicole Alexander

This webinar will review the different types of home sleep study devices on the market and review the raw data to determine if the patient qualifies for a CPAP. We will also review insurance requirements when looking to order a CPAP following a home sleep study. 


Dear Resupply, Can You Save My Sleep Business? 

March 27th, 2019 presented by Ronda Buhrmester and Aram Susong

This presentation is for all sizes of HMEs that are not currently partnered with a company to help with their resupply program. It provides an initial examination of three significant business aspects: the real financial impact of running your resupply program, the effect that technology can have on your resupply program, and patient compliance. Also during this presentation, the supplier will learn the documentation requirements that are necessary in order to meet the refill requests when a shipping service is being used.

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Bringing Clinical Back into the DME Oxygen Industry

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 10:00-11:00 AM CDT Presented by John Lewis, GCE Healthcare 

This presentation will educate clinicians on the differences in oxygen delivery methods. It will discuss conversations with pulmonary rehabs, clinics, and physicians and what they are seeing with patients and the effects of poorly chosen units by providers. It will also examine the benefits of pulse dose oxygen delivery.