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Numbers game

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON — A report that claims rolling out a national competitive bidding project would require a 35% increase in CMS's workforce has pit AAHomecare's Coalition for Access to Medical Services, Equipment and Technology (CAMSET) against CMS in the first round of what's b

Final HIPAA rules issued

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration issued final rules for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) last month, and they include a change that eases the paperwork burden on providers.

"We have to keep the pressure on. We need to keep pushing really hard." -- Asela Cuervo

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON — HME leaders aren't taking anything for granted in the industry's fight to derail national competitive bidding.

Option Care buys $17M home infusion pharmacy

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08/31/2002

BUFFALO, Ill. — Option Care's July acquisition of a $17-million home infusion pharmacy in Minneapolis is the largest in a string of acquisitions the company has made in the past year and a half.

Reimbursement

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08/31/2002

Providers: Give us a break
WITH NEIL CAESAR
Q: Is CMS still encouraging patients to report us to the Fraud Hotline or the DMERCs for every alleged billing mistake? Why doesn't CMS give us a break?

N.C. providers make progress against CB

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08/31/2002

RALEIGH, N.C. — It looks like North Carolina providers may have dodged the Medicaid competitive bidding bullet for the second time, but they're not getting off scot-free.

Personnel

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08/31/2002

LONGMONT, Colo. - A high-profile rehab expert says Sunrise Medical's recent specialization and a "great offer" from the company have lured him from the MED Group's National Rehab Network.

Payers adopt codes for home infusion services

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08/31/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - HME providers are hoping standardized HCPCS codes for home infusion services now used by private payers will boil over to Medicare. Private payers began adopting the new codes, which include reimbursement for products and services, Jan.

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

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