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Minnesota providers tolerate competitive bidding

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04/30/2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As HMEs in Florida seethe over a new Medicaid competitive bidding project for hospital beds and oxygen equipment and supplies, a similar bidding project in Minnesota is collecting accolades for saving the state "millions of dollars."

'Unbundling' Medicare reimbursement

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04/30/2002

The boldest proposal to come out of the recent AAHomecare Leadership Conference in Tucson - indeed, the most ambitious plan to reorient the way HME providers do business since the Six Point Plan and the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997 - sprung from a Power Point present

Option Care gains New England foothold

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04/30/2002

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Option Care entered the New England market in March when it acquired American HomePatient's infusion-pharmacy operations here. The operations generate about $6 million in annual revenue, according to Raj Rai, president and CEO of the Bannockburn, Ill.

AAP: Screen kids for sleep apnea

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04/30/2002

CHICAGO — Pediatricians should screen all kids for chronic snoring, as it's one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA), according to guidelines recently published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Mobility Express connects the dots

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04/30/2002

HOLIDAY, Fla. — When a consultant recently told HME News that Joe Rached's scooter business was "growing like mad" and "a real success story," he wasn't kidding.

Ostomy fees in the bag

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — Providers are describing the recently released fees for the new ostomy codes as "generous," but they're describing the changes in billing they'll have to make to use those fees and codes as "time consuming."

Question & Answer

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04/30/2002

Analyst: HME prospects have never looked better

The ABN: not just about the upgrade

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04/30/2002

LAS VEGAS — The fastest regulatory change coming down the pike shouldn't blind-side suppliers. It's the much-hyped advanced beneficiary notice (ABN), the form advising beneficiaries that Medicare might not cover an item they're purchasing.

Bridges to consumer groups must be built... by June

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04/30/2002

By most accounts AAHomecare's February Leadership Conference was a success.

Legal

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04/30/2002

Making sense of marketing

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