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  • Medicare, Insurers Push Patients to Overpay for Home Medical Equipment

    Colorado Public News stopped by our offices and shot a video about home medical equipment and medicare. It features our Customer Service Manager, John More.

    Colorado Public News has found that oxygen concentrators, used by patients who have trouble breathing, are a prime example of the high cost of renting home medical equipment. Years of investigations and reforms haven't fully solved Medicare's problem with overpaying, partly due to orders from Congress.

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  • Common Myths Regarding Oxygen Therapy

    By John R. Goodman BS RRT

    Have you ever wondered how many of the myths associated with medical therapy get started? This is especially true in the area of oxygen therapy. Although oxygen was first used as a therapeutic agent as far back as 1799, the modern era of oxygen therapy had to wait for the technology to be “invented” so oxygen could be safely and conveniently delivered to the home. For arguments sake, let’s say the modern era of home oxygen therapy began with the introduction of the first oxygen concentrators. This would put us at the beginning of the 1970’s. For the first time patients on home oxygen did not have to give up their garages to store the huge number of bulky and heavy cylinders of oxygen they required. Now that oxygen was becoming easier to supply to patients in the home, it’s not that difficult to see where some of the myths surrounding the use of oxygen got started. Let’s zero in on just a few of the most common myths and see if we can explain how they might have come into existence. Let’s start with the possibility of oxygen exploding.

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  • Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Tornados: How Prepared Are You?

    In light of recent weather-related events, the COPD Foundation published an e-Newsletter article about emergency preparedness for oxygen users. This is something that we do not normally think about, but what if the worst really does happen and bad weather strikes?

    The COPD Foundation suggests contacting your local power company to register with them as oxygen dependent. Questions to ask them should include:

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  • My Journey with COPD: Advocacy and Empowerment

    My Journey with COPD: Advocacy and Empowerment
    by Edna Fiore

    Dr. Thomas L. Petty began a concerted effort to promote COPD awareness and advocacy in the mid 1990s. His initial emphasis was on the education of the professional community about the importance of spirometry testing as a routine part of medical examinations and the education of both the general public and professional community about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His initial efforts culminated in the first U.S. COPD Coalition National Conference in 2003. I had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Tom beginning in 2004. My journey in the cause for COPD awareness has been exciting and rewarding in innumerable ways.

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  • Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

    Last month, we discussed the “ins” and “outs” of traveling with oxygen by automobile. What about air travel? Is it possible to travel by air these days when requiring oxygen? You bet!

    There are several steps involved when bringing oxygen on board an airline. First and foremost, always contact your physician to make sure that he or she feels that you should be taking a trip.

    Once you get your doctor’s verbal OK, there are two important written things that you will need from your doctor in order to travel by air: an oxygen prescription and an airline approved “Physician Statement. “ The prescription is for a company, such as American Medical Sales & Repair, that will be providing a Portable Oxygen Concentrator rental; the Physician Statement is for the airline and must be either an actual airline form or on physician’s letterhead. The airlines have different polices regarding this form, so you must check with each carrier on your itinerary!

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  • COPD Experts and Patient Empowerment Sessions

    Who May attend: Any COPD Patient, Caregiver, Lung Health Professional including respiratory therapists, nurses, or anyone interested in learning more about Lung Health.

    Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
    1550 Court Place
    Denver, Co 80202
    Plaza Building, Concourse Level Plaza Ballroom (see floor diagram)

    Cost: The event is free to the public. Parking will be reimbursed to all but $6. The COPD Foundation will reimburse the remaining $6 for those who request it or are in need. Lunch will be provided free of cost for all those attending. An oxygen refill station will be on site.

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  • Directions to Our New Location

    We have moved!!

    American Medical Sales & Repair has relocated to its new facility in Centennial, Colorado!  Our new address is 7032 S Revere Parkway, Suite 320, Centennial, CO 80112. Here are directions and pictures to help you find our location. Please call us with if you have any questions, 303-799-0011.

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  • This Ol’ Heart of Mine

    February is the month of Valentines, cupid and big, red hearts.  What would February be without them all?  Especially hearts!  For those of us using supplemental oxygen, we know that our hearts pump our blood, which carries oxygen to all of our vital organs.  We can easily keep track of our blood oxygen levels by using a portable finger pulse oximeter.

    The technology behind a pulse oximeter is fairly simple: light waves read the amount of oxygen in our blood and that number is given a numerical value, based on a percentage.  It’s really that easy.

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  • New Year/New Resolutions for Oxygen Users

    We made it through the Holidays and, now, it’s that time of year again; the time when we all vow to do right by ourselves with more exercise and a more nutrient-dense, low-fat diet. For the most part, this should be pretty simple: eat less, exercise more.

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