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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

Policy

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08/31/2002

Comp. bidding can work, says Tom Scully

Medicare: Who needs the headache?

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08/31/2002

(Editor's note: As the industry battles to beat back competitive bidding, HME News will profile from time to time providers who, for whatever reason, don't fear the reimbursement cut.)

Capitation could help CMS save money

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08/31/2002

The fact that the federal government is proposing the roll-out of competitive bidding across the nation is no surprise. The government is looking for ways to cut costs that keep rising every year.

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