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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - The OIG is recommending that CMS drop its semi-annual maintenance payment for capped rental equipment and pay only for repairs when needed, according to a June report.

House committees approve comp. bidding

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - Two key House committees passed versions of a Medicare reform bill last month that included competitive bidding for durable medical equipment. It's now all but certain that competitive bidding will be in the bill that the U.S.

Rehab industry joins fight against comp. bidding

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06/30/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - With competitive bidding gaining momentum nationally, various rehab organizations are joining the fight to keep the project from spreading.

Software

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06/30/2002

ARLINGTON, Texas - Each of the five years Erik Strader and his business partner, Ray Bockover, spent shopping around for management software for their rehab company, Integrated Rehabilitation Systems, they say they came up short.

Sunrise Medical relocates distribution center, Jay

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06/30/2002

LONGMONT, Colo. - Sunrise Medical is moving one of its three distribution centers from Atlanta to Memphis, effective July 22 and relocating its seating and positioning products manufacturing from here to facilities in Fresno, Calif. and Tijuana.

Retail: It's there for the taking

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06/30/2002

LOS ANGELES - When it comes to selling retail home medical equipment, consultant Jack Evans has an amusing and illuminating story.

HealthMatrix Systems purchases RMN

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06/30/2002

RACINE, Wis. - HealthMatrix Systems, a private investment group, has acquired the Rehab Management Network and its Headley Order Processing System (HOPS) software.

Suppliers: New requirements increase paperwork burden

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - A recent program memo from CMS outlining requirements for diabetic testing supplies could send providers on a wild goose chase or, at the very least, increase their paperwork burden, according to industry sources.

Who fleeced who?

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06/30/2002

Here's what the NBC Nightly News
"Fleecing of America" report, and the other national media outlets, didn't tell America last month after Sen. Tom Harkin blitzed them with another VA / Medicare cost comparison report.

Cleland allies with HMEs

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - Denouncing the national competitive bidding project and the "homebound" definition, Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) became a spokesperson for the HME industry at the AAHomecare Legislative Conference last month.

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