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01/31/2002

You have mail: PSA discovers winning e-mail strategy with docs

Expanded CPAP guidelines effective April 1

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS has made its acquiescence to expanded CPAP coverage official by announcing an April 1 start date for the new policy. Sleep providers are both pleased and optimistic that it will bring a groundswell of new business.

ADL products help HMEs get more retail customers

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01/31/2002

Today, most HME providers know that ADLs, now commonly cast as "convenience products," are escalating in demand from aging baby boomers shopping for elderly parents.

CMS to overhaul coding, fee structures for ostomy supplies

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - In an effort to get HME providers to stock and take assignment on ostomy supplies, CMS has bumped up the number of ostomy codes and is now working on new fee structures for them.

AMP bids $14 million for bankrupt Perigon Medical

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01/31/2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Associated Medical Products, a distributor that caters to the home care and long-term care market, sat poised last month to pay $14 million to acquire bankrupt Perigon Medical Distribution.

CA: Number of uninsured to rise

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12/31/2001

ATLANTA - Coalition America (CA), a healthcare technology company working to help other companies control costs, expects the recession to result in an increase in the number of patients without health insurance.

CPI zigs and zags: up, down and up

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12/31/2001

WASHINGTON - The frosting that CMS spread over last summer's CPI increase has lost a little of its sweetness, but providers are still better off than they were in 2000.

Managing Editor

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12/31/2001

Do your part: Help Arnie make the cut
When it comes to sales and marketing, few would venture to mention the HME dealer in the same breath as P.T. Barnum.

Aetna to slash 6,000 jobs

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12/31/2001

HARTFORD, Conn. - Aetna U.S. Healthcare is slashing 6,000 jobs, or 16% of its work force, saying it did not need as many employees given lower membership levels and the com-pany's withdrawal from certain markets.

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