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Sensitivity, compassion key for unique women's health biz

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03/31/2002

Few medical procedures are more psychologically stressful than a mastectomy. The emotional pain caused by losing a breast can be further compounded by the hair fallout from chemotherapy.

Invacare draws line in sand

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03/31/2002

ELYRIA, Ohio - After surveying HME provider opinion on direct-to-consumer efforts by manufacturers and distributors of medical supplies, Invacare said a majority of the respondents preferred that manufacturers refrain from selling to end-users.

OIG: DMERC fleeced Medicare of $4.7M

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03/31/2002

INDIANAPOLIS - The OIG recently reported that the Region B DMERC fleeced Medicare of nearly $4.7 million by overstating the following costs: pension, return on investment, executive salary increases, employee benefits, post-retirement health insurance and deferred compens

Kansas HME survives ice, JCAHO survey

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03/31/2002

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Mt. Carmel Medical Equipment went toe to toe with Old Man Winter and JCAHO in January and left the ring victorious.

Providers investigate down codes

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03/31/2002

NEWINGTON, Conn. - Rehab providers are trying to determine whether isolated cases of wheelchair clinicians getting down coded could become a trend.

CPAP policy revision takes industry by surprise

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03/31/2002

WASHINGTON - More questions than answers are flying about in the wake of a new CPAP policy change announced by the DMERCs last month.

Region D: HMEs can help with oximetry testing

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03/31/2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A recent statement by Region D Medical Director Robert Hoover appears to have muddied the waters when it comes to HMEs and pulse oximetry testing.

Coming up

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03/31/2002

Vendors take their shows on the road
YARMOUTH, Maine - HME vendors are hitting the road this spring, spreading the good word on a slate of business issues, including rehab, reimbursement and HIPAA.

Reimbursement

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03/31/2002

Subpeonas: 'Do not be afraid'
WITH ERICA ROCHELLE
Q. What if I'm issued a federal subpoena from a U.S. attorney or other government agency?

Analysts downgrade Lincare's stock

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03/31/2002

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Spooked by its acquisition of a large respiratory-meds business and a fear that it may be embarking on a new, riskier business strategy, analysts downgraded Lincare's stock from a buy to a hold in mid-February and forced a sizeable sell-off.

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