Also Noted

van Halem Group, OPGA form partnership

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11/29/2012

WATERLOO, Iowa – As part of a new partnership, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA) will now refer members who need help with audits, appeal cases, compliance and other issues related to fraud and abuse to the van Halem Group.

Amramp provides ramps for Christmas tree tour

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11/28/2012

WASHINGTON – For the second straight year, Amramp, a provider of wheelchair ramp systems and wheelchair-accessible showers, will provide ramps for the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Tour, according to a press release.

Report: 15 million diagnosed with COPD in US

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11/27/2012

WASHINGTON – Fifteen million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and many more may have the debilitating condition but don’t know it, according to a government study.

C&C Homecare buys Allcare Medical

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11/27/2012

NEW YORK – C&C Homecare, a provider of home medical equipment and respiratory services based here, has acquired Sayreville, N.J.-based Allcare Medical, according to a press release.

HIDA endorses MPP

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11/26/2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) is urging all members, in light of concerns about enteral patients, to support H.R. 6490, a bill that would replace the current competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program (MPP).

Error rate hits 95% for diabetic shoes

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11/26/2012

WASHINGTON – Ninety-five percent of claims for therapeutic shoes for persons with diabetes were denied in the third quarter of 2012, according to a prepayment review conducted by National Government Services, the DME MAC for Jurisdiction B.

GMEA picks up three providers in Florida

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11/21/2012

PHOENIX – Global Medical Equipment of America (GMEA) announced in November that it has acquired Premier Home Healthcare, Ponce Home Medical Equipment and Bayonet Point, all based in Florida.

NIH survey: COPD rises, awareness falls

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11/20/2012

WASHINGTON – Although the number of cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is on the rise, awareness has returned to 2008 levels, according to a survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Medicare premiums to rise in 2013

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11/20/2012

WASHINGTON – The monthly premium for Medicare Part B, which covers home medical equipment, will increase 5% in 2013, from $99.90 to $104.90, CMS announced Nov. 16.

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