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Get all the latest news that has to do with oxygen therapy and lung diseases, as soon as it hits the presses. We help you stay informed on all the important issues that affect you, whether you have COPD, use oxygen therapy, or any other lung disease. Find all the most recent news about American Medical as well, here on our blog.
  • Tips for Patients when Seeing a New Doctor or Physician

    In your pursuit of receiving good health care, one of the first and most important things you should do is find a great doctor. Once you've chosen a doctor, it's time to set up the first appointment. This first appointment is very important because even though you've decided on a doctor, your decision isn't over yet.

    There are important questions that need to be asked, and things to look for to make sure your new doctor will work well with you in managing your healthcare. Think about this first appointment as a job interview, and you are the employer, the only difference being that your well being is what is most important. Even though your doctor is a professional, he or she is not the one in charge of managing your healthcare, you are. Alternatively, think of them as a guide, information source and partner in maintaining your well being.

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  • HCPCS Billing Codes for Oxygen Concentrators and Oxygen Equipment

    There are many many different medical products and services. As of 2010, there were over 25,000 different codes in the ICD-10. The ICD-9 is a huge book filled with all of the medical orders that can be billed.

    These codes are also getting updated pretty frequently, but in 2013, there was a huge addition to the new medical coding and billing codes, which updated it to the ICD-10. There are now six times as many codes as there were before.

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  • How Medicare and Insurance Works for Oxygen Therapy

    Many people with COPD and other chronic medical conditions need to use oxygen therapy on a daily basis. In some cases, medicare will cover a portion of the costs of oxygen therapy equipment, as long as the requirements are met. Private health insurance plans work the same way, but it depends on the company, and which medical supply companies accept policies with which companies.

    With all of the requirements and variables involved in getting your oxygen therapy equipment covered, you might have plenty of questions. In this mini online guide, we will try to answer as many of your potential questions as possible. We would be happy to answer any questions in our custom service department.

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  • Medicare's New Rules for Paying for Oxygen Equipment

    Just like with most laws for how medical coverage works, these laws are subject to change. The newest set of medicare rules started on January 1, 2009. Don't worry – you will still be able to get your oxygen equipment covered, and the rules that changed have only resulted in minor changes.

    Changes in How Medicare Pays for Oxygen Equipment

    The old law used to state that after the first 36 months of your medicare coverage, you would own your oxygen equipment. That would mean that if medicare helped you pay for a stationary oxygen concentrator, after 36 months you would be the owner of that oxygen concentrator. Once you no longer require the concentrator, or if you get a different one, you would need to return it to the medical supplier.

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  • Miracle Man and Oxygen Therapy Patient Gets a Second Chance at Life

    Bob Jacobs is a man of faith, with a loving wife and a renewed appreciation for life, after he was brought back from the brink of death 11 times. He now uses a home oxygen concentrator that we were happy to provide him with, and is alive and well in his home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

    On a fateful day in March 2013, Bob suffered a sudden cardiac arrest because of ventricular fibrillation. The lower chambers in his heart started to function erratically, fluttering instead of beating like they are supposed to, due to a change in electric activity.

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  • Oxygen Therapy Safety – How to Prevent Fires and Other Hazards

    Oxygen concentrators are very safe to use, but just like with any piece of electrical or mechanical equipment they require some basic safety measures you will need to take if you are using one. Any electronic device can be a potential fire hazard, and fire is fueled by oxygen, which is produced in a pure form by oxygen concentrators. It easy to prevent fire or other hazards from happening.

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  • How to Get Your Oxygen Therapy Supplies with Medicare

    If your COPD or other lung condition is severe enough, your doctor will prescribe the use of medical oxygen therapy. Medicare, which covers necessary medications and supplies to people over the age of 65, or in some cases, under the age of 65, will cover the costs if you are eligible. With COPD, you will definitely need oxygen therapy to stay healthy, just as any other kind of medicine works. There are a few other requirements you will need to meet to have your oxygen therapy supplies covered under medicare.

    What are the Medicare Requirements?

    When your doctor determines that you need medical oxygen therapy to function in day-to-day life, he or she will write you a prescription for all the things you will need. You will need prescriptions for all of the supplies you need, this includes the oxygen concentrator as well as all of the filters, batteries and tubing, to purchase them and have them covered by medicare.

    Medicare will request your medical records, to make sure you physician has specifically documented your need for medical oxygen therapy. Your condition must be well-documented for them to approve your claim.

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  • What is EPOC?

    Did you know that even after you're done exercising, your body continues to require more oxygen than it did before your workout? This is referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. You may have wondered why your body continues to feel weak or why you feel a little light headed or out of sorts for a while after your work out. You're still requiring the same amount of oxygen that you did while you were exercising!

    This isn't a new concept. In 1922, two men named A. V. Hill and H. Lutpon hypothesized that people continue to need more oxygen a while after exerting themselves. They first referred to it as an "oxygen debt". They hypothesized that the body can't bounce right back to just needing the same amount of oxygen as before, and that it takes a while for it to go back to its resting state. Much more recently, researchers can break EPOC down into a few different events, or the stages the body undergoes on its way back to homeostasis.

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  • Join Us in Lung Force Against Lung Cancer

    The American Lung Association's “Lung Force” is a fundraising event, hoping to unite women and standing (and walking) together to fight lung cancer, in women and in everyone else. According to the American Lung Association's website, a woman in the US is diagnosed with lung cancer every five minutes. This is a big problem, so it needs a lot of attention.

    Lung cancer is the #1 killer cancer afflicting women in this country, and is more prevalent than the dangerous and insidious emphysema and chronic bronchitis (COPD). It's time to raise funds and awareness so that we can bring these statistics down, and ensure that more women can live long and healthy lives, lung cancer free.

    It's alarming that the lung cancer death rate in women has increased by more than 50% over the past 35 years. Even with these numbers climbing in the case of women, anyone can get lung cancer. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. While men still smoke more cigarettes than women, the gap between these two numbers is closing. This is the main contributer in the rising number of women being diagnosed with lung cancer.

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  • 10 Healthy Foods for Living with COPD

    People with COPD burn more calories each day than people without COPD. It's recommended that you should try to take in around 3,000 calories a day (a healthy person needs 2,000 or less), if you have COPD and are underweight. The muscles you use to breathe with have to work harder when you have COPD. That means you burn a lot more calories. This also means you'll feel tired quicker, and if you don't take in enough calories, you won't have enough energy for anything, let alone breathing.

    You will also tend to feel fuller sooner, because your lungs have been damaged and expanded, taking up more room in your abdomen. This is why it's recommended that people with COPD have six "mini meals" instead of 3 large meals a day. This will prevent you from getting tired while trying to eat a large meal.

    Here are 10 healthy foods for people living with COPD.

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