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Arrests, charges rack up in DME dragnets

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05/31/2002

LOS ANGELES - Durable medical equipment scams in California are at the center of what one FBI field office is calling the largest healthcare undercover fraud investigation in U.S. history.

MES dumps company that owns rival

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05/31/2002

SCOTTS BLUFF, Az. - Until six months ago, Medical Equipment Specialties (MES) was buying $10,000 to $15,000 of medical supplies from Cleveland, Ohio-based Independence Medical. Then MES found out that Independence owned Edgepark Surgical, a medical products supplier.

Rehab providers orchestrate mini-Medtrades to boost biz

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05/31/2002

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Whether they're geared toward referral sources, employees or end-users, rehab providers all over are orchestrating expos as a way to boost their businesses.

Travel O2 drives MED initiative

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05/31/2002

LUBBOCK, Texas - The MED Group has begun driving an in-house initiative to simplify the administrative burdens that come with providing travel oxygen to respiratory patients, and, in turn, make members more competitive with large suppliers like Lincare and Apria.

OIG gives advice on loan closets

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05/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The OIG has finally given providers some nuts-and-bolts guidance on how to set up a loan closet without triggering the anti-kickback statute.

Question & Answer

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05/31/2002

Man who ushered Walgreens into
home medical equipment retires

Fraud spotlight: Will licensure kill the weeds?

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05/31/2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - While California HMEs retreat from the spotlight of what the FBI is spinning as the largest undercover healthcare fraud investigation in U.S. history, the industry once again finds its reputation tainted by scam artists working from the fringe.

Conservers

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05/31/2002

AirSep
ImPulse Elite

FAMES, state meet before court date

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05/31/2002

TALLAHASEE, Fla. - The Florida Association of Medical Equipment Services (FAMES) met numerous times with state officials last month, trying to strike a deal to wipe out the Medicaid competitive bidding project and avoid a costly legal struggle.

Associations, providers lobby DOT to revamp travel O2 regs

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05/31/2002

WASHINGTON - There's a move afoot to change federal regulations governing travel oxygen, with the goal of making it easier for patients to fly and HMEs to do their job.

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