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Capitation could help CMS save money

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08/31/2002

The fact that the federal government is proposing the roll-out of competitive bidding across the nation is no surprise. The government is looking for ways to cut costs that keep rising every year.

AHP files for Chapter 11

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08/31/2002

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — In what one industry watcher called the "most upbeat" Chapter 11 announcement he'd ever seen, American HomePatient filed for bankruptcy Aug. 1, seeking protection from creditors while reorganizing $275 million in debt.

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

Question & Answer

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08/31/2002

HMExcellence: What's it all about?

Merchandising key for wheelchair accessory market

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08/31/2002

When it comes to selling companion products for wheelchairs, successful providers say the first rule is to let patients know the items are available to them. Therefore, merchandising plays a critical role in garnering these extra sales, they say.

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?

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