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MSRP under siege: How low will you go?

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04/30/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine — Providers have always offered discounts below the MSRP to provide consumers with the sense that they are getting a deal. But the deep discounting offered by Internet and 1-800 companies has created what Rick Atkins calls a "Wal-Mart mentality."

Apria acquires $9m Midwest HME

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04/30/2002

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — In early April, Apria acquired Pulmocare Medical, a 10-location $9 million medical equipment company and NAMES's 1996 HME Provider of the Year.

Cross-walked codes force Pa. HMEs to run for help

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04/30/2002

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania HMEs have enlisted the aid of state legislators to help locate the law that allows Medicaid to cut reimbursement to 80% of the Medicare allowable when it changes a product's code.

Ohio State U. switches to Apria

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04/30/2002

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — In April, Apria inked a deal to handle the home medical equipment needs of University Home Care Services, a piece of Ohio State University. Apria replaces Columbus Prescription Pharmacies as University Home Care's HME subcontractor.

Minnesota providers tolerate competitive bidding

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04/30/2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As HMEs in Florida seethe over a new Medicaid competitive bidding project for hospital beds and oxygen equipment and supplies, a similar bidding project in Minnesota is collecting accolades for saving the state "millions of dollars."

'Unbundling' Medicare reimbursement

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04/30/2002

The boldest proposal to come out of the recent AAHomecare Leadership Conference in Tucson - indeed, the most ambitious plan to reorient the way HME providers do business since the Six Point Plan and the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997 - sprung from a Power Point present

Option Care gains New England foothold

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04/30/2002

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Option Care entered the New England market in March when it acquired American HomePatient's infusion-pharmacy operations here. The operations generate about $6 million in annual revenue, according to Raj Rai, president and CEO of the Bannockburn, Ill.

AAP: Screen kids for sleep apnea

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04/30/2002

CHICAGO — Pediatricians should screen all kids for chronic snoring, as it's one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA), according to guidelines recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Mobility Express connects the dots

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04/30/2002

HOLIDAY, Fla. — When a consultant recently told HME News that Joe Rached's scooter business was "growing like mad" and "a real success story," he wasn't kidding.

Ostomy fees in the bag

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — Providers are describing the recently released fees for the new ostomy codes as "generous," but they're describing the changes in billing they'll have to make to use those fees and codes as "time consuming."

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