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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.
  • How Oxygen Therapy Helped People Heal

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy isn't a well known or widely accepted form of wound care, but it might become so in the near future. The process is being perfected, and the following success stories are proof of that. These stories might sound like miracles, but the process of HBOT healing doesn't happen overnight.

    HBOT is originally invented to recompress divers and describes the process of exposing the whole body to a much higher level of oxygen in a chamber. We all need oxygen to live, as well as heal and generate new healthy cells in all parts of our bodies.

    The studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that even coming in contact with purer oxygen on the outside, not just breathing it in, has huge benefits for the human body. The body has the ability to heal much faster when coming in contact with high levels of oxygen.

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  • What do a “Mini Cooper” and a SeQual eQuinox have in common?

    In April 2015, Cooper Anglemyer appeared in the American Medical Showroom with his mother looking for a portable oxygen concentrator. Cooper was born at 26 weeks, weighing only one pound, eight ounces, he quickly earned the nickname "Mini Cooper."

    His first six months were spent in neonatal intensive care, where hospital expenses quickly reached the two million dollar insurance coverage maximum. When his medical insurance no longer provided coverage, Medicaid covered his final two months before he could finally go home. Cooper is now 6 ½ years old and requires supplemental oxygen therapy 24/7.

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  • Study Finds that Physical Activity Decreases in COPD Patients

    When you think of someone with COPD not being able to move as well as they used to, you might think that it has to do with how severe their condition was when they were diagnosed. You might think your activity level will drop when you are severely chronically ill, but if your COPD is mild and caught earlier on, your physical activity won't decline.

    A recent study from the Pulmonary Research Institute at LungenClinic Grosshansdorf in Germany found that this is not the case. However, as long as you keep up with physical activity and exercise under the guidance of your doctor, you can slow this decline down.

    COPD patients physical activity declined over time because of the worsening of airflow obstruction. COPD is a disease that gets worse over time. With the increased airflow, obstruction comes fatigue and a decrease in energy, because the cells of the body aren't getting enough oxygen over the long term.

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  • User Question: Can Smoking with an Oxygen Machine be Dangerous?

    We always encourage questions about using oxygen therapy equipment, especially when it comes to safety. No question is a bad question, so always feel free to contact us! The following question is a good one since it has to do with oxygen and fire safety.

    “I'm having a very hard time quitting smoking since I was diagnosed with COPD and put on oxygen. I was already under a lot of stress, and my diagnosis just made it worse. I've tried several methods for quitting without much luck yet, and I've heard that I shouldn't smoke while using my oxygen concentrator because oxygen helps the fire to spread. I was wondering if it would be safe to smoke if I go outside while using my portable oxygen concentrator.” – Name Withheld

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  • Oxygen Therapy Equipment and the Special Forces

    Portable oxygen concentrator use might be a new thing in the military and in the special forces specifically. Emergency oxygen use often becomes necessary due to injury, or when climbing into high altitudes to avoid altitude sickness. Having a portable oxygen concentrator on hand for emergencies is a necessity in the military, because anything can happen.

    Liquid and gas tanks are widely used for portable emergency oxygen therapy because they are cheaper than portable oxygen concentrators. This is because they are simply tanks refilled with either compressed oxygen, which is still in its gaseous form, and liquid oxygen.

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  • 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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