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Stock picker: Lincare looks good

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08/31/2002

CLEARWATER, Fla. - While potential cuts to Medicare Part B raise red flags for some stock analysts following Lincare, that's not the case for stock picker Rich Moroney.

COPD market will keep drug firms busy

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08/31/2002

SAN JOSE, Calif.— The growing prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the high, unmet medical need for drugs that can stop or reverse the progression of the disease provide great opportunities for pharmaceutical companies.

Study builds case for Medicare drug benefit

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08/31/2002

BOSTON — About 22% of seniors said that they skipped doses of prescription drugs or did not buy the medications they needed in 2001 because the cost was too high, according to an eight-state survey conducted by researchers at Boston-based Tufts-New England Medical Center,

New ostomy codes could be in jeopardy

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Whether the much-heralded, new ostomy codes should include six add-on codes for pouches is up for debate, CMS told the United Ostomy Association (UOA) last month.

Question & Answer

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08/31/2002

'CB is the only way to raise the quality bar'

Rehab

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08/31/2002

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In 1992, Mike Ballard, then an investment banker, witnessed the wizardry of a rehab technology specialist (RTS) for the first time. Ballard had been hired as a consultant by an HME business having cash flow problems.

Dole continues campaign to soften 'homebound' definition

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON - A passionate plea from Bob Dole to the House of Representatives to soften the "homebound" definition as part of its Medicare bill did little to inspire members, who recently passed a bill focusing on prescription drugs and competitive bidding.

No more sieges

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08/31/2002

Look at North Carolina. As talk about competitive bidding started percolating among legislators there, the state's HME association started filling sandbags until the flood subsided and, as it looks now, the dreaded reimbursement formulary shrunk away again.

Petition under way

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08/31/2002

PLYMOUTH, Minn. - A petition asking Congress to limit Medicare reimbursement for rehab equipment to providers who employ rehab professionals landed in more than 1,500 mailboxes recently.

Power wheelchairs

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08/31/2002

Permobil
C2K Corpus - Drive: front
- Size: 43 x 26 x 40 inches
- Weight capacity: 220-265 pounds
- Top speed: 5 mph
- Turning radius: 26 inches
- Range on full charge: 19-25 miles

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