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In brief:Brightree buys MedAct, OIG releases strategic plan


ATLANTA – Brightree has acquired McKinney, Texas-based MedAct, adding 330 HME providers to its customer base.

NIH finds communication a barrier to COPD treatment


BETHESDA, Md. - To more effectively treat COPD, patients and their doctors need to have open, detailed conversations, a web-based study by the National Institutes of Health has found.

Report: 15 million diagnosed with COPD in US


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.

NIH survey: COPD rises, awareness falls


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).