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Administrative update

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04/30/2002

TALLAHASEE, Fla. — Florida has temporarily put its competitive bidding project on hold, partially, it seems, in response to an industry lawsuit.

Apria tentatively settles lawsuit for $43 million

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — Apria Healthcare reached a tentative settlement last month relating to a 1998 class-action lawsuit.

Question & answer

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04/30/2002

Switch to rehab pays off

Actsys: Making home monitoring work

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04/30/2002

WESTLAKE, Calif. — Actsys Medical has big plans for home monitoring, even if other HMEs don't.

New ostomy fees could increase Byram's biz

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04/30/2002

GREENWICH, Conn. — An ostomy provider here is trying to makeover the ugly billing problems that will likely result from the new ostomy codes into an attractive business opportunity.

e-CMN vendors face political hurdles

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04/30/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Although the program memorandum that paved the way for e-CMNs was issued Sept.

Conservers

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04/30/2002

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ImPulse Elite

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.

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