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CarePoint closes in on Florida

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04/07/2011

CINCINNATI - Infusion provider CarePoint Partners has acquired Infusion Technologies, it announced April 4. The deal is CarePoint's 11th in three years and its second this year.

E-commerce

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03/24/2011

Joseph Gaskins never could have imagined what American Orthopedic Services might become when he founded it in 1957 in Pontiac, Mich.
Now called Aleva Health, the company still occupies the same storefront it has for 40 years and is still owned by the Gaskins family, with grandson Derek as president.

Briefs: Pride announces stops for new tour

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03/24/2011

Pride Mobility and Quantum Rehab announced in February the stops for its new educational tour. The 2011 Professional Education Partnership will stop in 24 cities beginning in Orlando in March and ending in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in October. The tour features courses like "Mobility Product Troubleshooting and Repair."

Are you playing the game?

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03/24/2011

I'm beginning to think home medical equipment providers are damned if they do, damned if they don't.
We had a story on the front page of our March issue about industry leaders who are worried providers are helping to "prop up" the competitive bidding program by, among other things, providing services for free to Medicare beneficiaries who can't locate a contract supplier.

State moves toward managed care

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03/24/2011

A proposal that would shift about 121,000 Medicaid beneficiaries from fee-for-service into managed care plans caught home medical equipment providers by surprise in February.

Attendees tackle challenges head-on

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03/24/2011

LAS VEGAS - The HME industry's difficult times aren't being sugarcoated at Medtrade Spring. The challenges created by competitive bidding are formidable and providers that don't adopt some sort of commercial strategy will most likely face financial jeopardy.

Medtrade seminars reflect new urgency

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02/27/2011

LAS VEGAS -Medtrade Spring organizers have adjusted the direction of this year's seminars to help HME providers navigate the labyrinth of a post-competitive bidding world.

Reporter's notebook: Deep Throat dishes bid advice to HME providers

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02/27/2011

A very good industry source recently told me something about competitive bidding that I'd never considered: Many winning providers arranged product pricing with manufacturers before submitting a bid. That makes perfect sense, right? If you know your pricing ahead of time, it's much easier to submit a bid you can live with. If you are in a Round 2 competitive bidding area, that's something to think about. Here are a few more things to consider, according to my source.

A 'Craigslist' for medical equipment

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02/27/2011

After Evelyn Grazini's in-laws passed away, she found herself with a lot of used HME.

Florida: Florida eyes managed care

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02/27/2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's next legislative session doesn't start until this month, but lawmakers were already making plans to overhaul the state's Medicaid program--a move that some industry stakeholders say could shut HME providers out of the program.

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