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FAMED hires first lobbyist

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01/31/2002

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Association of Medical Equipment Dealers (FAMED) plans to hire its first-ever lobbyist to help track state legislative issues.

Vendor coaxes physicians to 'e-click'

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01/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - Physicians approach online correspondence and documentation with the same attitude they do about paper: it's a peripheral part of their job, taking a much lower priority than treating patients and collecting fees.

CMS aims laser at diabetes

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01/31/2002

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - CMS has granted a HCPCS code and an $870 allowable for a next-generation skin-piercing device that lets diabetics collect blood with a near painless method.

Don't balance Florida's budget by adopting competitive bidding for DME

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12/31/2001

Effective Oct. 1, 2001, the Florida legislature has mandated that the state's Medicaid program run a statewide competitive bidding project. The purpose? To cut $1.3 million from the Home Health Funding budget.

Goodbye to EMC

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12/31/2001

With regard to Electric Mobility and its dealer network, good bye to dealership sales and good riddance. Electric Mobility was a lousy business partner for dealers and even for its own sales staff in the field.

Suppliers pass on ADMC

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12/31/2001

YARMOUTH, Maine - It appears rehab suppliers are not taking full advantage of the advanced determination for Medicare coverage (ADMC) that the DMERCs are now accepting and processing for certain custom wheelchairs.

Testing supports strong sales growth for sleep apnea products

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12/31/2001

More patients are being tested and diagnosed with sleep apnea than ever before, according to industry interviews conducted by Feedback Research Services in mid-2001. In October, one sleep center reported a 10% increase in services, compared with the previous six months.

ADL products help HMEs get more retail customers

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12/31/2001

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.

HMEvolution

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12/31/2001

It appears that the home medical equipment industry has reached a crossroads in its evolution - a juncture where HME providers face a decision of going one way or another to avoid hitting an abutment.

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