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The state of the market

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02/28/2002

Manufacturers are bending over backward trying to find homes for scooters in HME showrooms, knowing the equipment's often considered an orphan of the power wheelchair.

Study: faster hearts reduce apneas

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02/28/2002

BOSTON - Faster heart rates caused by pacemakers can help relive apneas, lending credence to the belief that while apneas can affect the heart, the heart can also affect apneas, according to a team of French doctors.

Medtrade Spring aims to payoff BIG

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02/28/2002

For the gamblers out there, the odds look good that Medtrade Spring will produce a full house of exhibitors and attendees. Last year's show tallied a 17% increase in attendance, and VNU Expositions expects an even bigger turnout - 5,000-plus - this year.

PacifiCare implements DME co-pay for Medicare+Choice plan

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02/28/2002

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Managed Medicare patients got a jolt all across California Jan. 1 when PacifiCare Health Systems rolled out a new county-by-county co-pay fee schedule for seniors in their Secure Horizons HMO plan.

Making a case: Testing service provides 'objective' data

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02/28/2002

One of the biggest disadvantages the HME industry has had in its futile campaigns against reimbursement cuts is providing product data that payers accept as reliable.

Massachusetts HMEs entangled in CO-50 denials

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02/28/2002

BOSTON - Now that providers here have been audited and penalized "tens of thousands of dollars" by Medicaid for not sending CO-50 denials to the DMERCs for review, the New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) is eyeing CMS for clarification.

M&A in 2002: more of same

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02/28/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - The mergers and acquisition landscape hasn't sprouted any blockbuster deals so far in 2002.

Legal

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02/28/2002

Playing to the doc's strengths

WITH MICHAEL DECARLO
Q: President Bush's federal budget contains a Medicare competitive bidding proposal for all HME. What are the chances that it will become law?

AAH pursues own e-CMN agenda

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02/28/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - While various companies with a stake in e-CMNs launch efforts to begin mainstreaming a technology they say is ready to go, AAH and its e-CMN steering committee continue to formulate a software strategy.

Teaming up with Teamsters

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02/28/2002

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - Patient Advocate Home Care joined the Teamsters last month and became possibly the first unionized HME in the country, says owner Dan Buikema.

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