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Study: Occupational COPD a big problem

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02/28/2002

NORTHBROOK, Ill. - The rising costs and incidence of occupational COPD and asthma warrant preventive intervention, says a study reported in CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

"I think the conclusion you can draw is that Innomed wrote a press release that was sufficiently effective in scaring

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02/28/2002

- Analyst Bruce Jacobs of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown in Boston on the stock prices of the nation's two CPAP heavyweights, respironics and resmed, declining sharply following reports that innomed technologies had logged $20 million in sales commitments for its new nasal int

Nevada cracks down on AWP

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02/28/2002

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada filed a lawsuit recently accusing 12 major drug companies of engaging in deceptive trade practices by manipulating or misstating the average wholesale prices (AWP) that govern Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for prescription drugs.

Want ad: Scooter maker seeks HME manufacturer

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02/28/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - Physicians approach online correspondence and documentation with the same attitude they do about paper: it's a peripheral part of their job, taking a much lower priority than treating patients and collecting fees.

Question & Answer

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02/28/2002

ATLANTA - In a decision one top executive says the company had no choice but to make, Graham-Field has announced it is outsourcing the production of several key product lines.

Good but not great

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02/28/2002

What's good money in the DMEPOS business? And what's great money? As a Medicare provider, are you obliged to earn good money and not great money? That's what Tom Scully thinks.

Providers await new ostomy rates

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02/28/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS is slated to release fee schedules for the new temporary ostomy codes this month, and industry sources say it's anyone's guess what it'll come up with for reimbursement rates.

Internet

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02/28/2002

AUSTIN, Texas - Another company is launching an e-CMN initiative that would let HME providers exchange certificates of medical necessity via the Internet.

Strategy

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02/28/2002

DALLAS - A 19-location HME that targets orthopedic surgeons as referral sources and offers a one-stop-shop solution for all their equipment needs, is taking its show nationally, thanks to about $6 million in backing.

Industry's strategy: Strike while the iron is hot

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02/27/2002

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare's Washington Legislative Conference "could not have come at a better time," says Walt Gorski, the association's vice president of government affairs.

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