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Competitive bidding: 'We are in a war'

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07/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Even if a Medicare prescription drug bill doesn't materialize this year, and a number of industry watchers think it won't, that doesn't mean competitive bidding will go away.

Capitation could help CMS save money

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07/31/2002

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.

New ostomy codes could be in jeopardy

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07/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Whether the much-heralded, new ostomy codes should include six add-on codes for pouches is up for debate, CMS told the United Ostomy Association (UOA) last month.

Payments

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07/31/2002

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three years ago, Paul Smith envisioned he'd sell Piedmont Mobility and retire comfortably in 2002.

Provider: Program boosts CPAP compliance to 89%

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07/31/2002

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A respiratory provider here specializing in sleep disorders is touting the results of a new program that it says boosts CPAP compliance by more than 30%.

PB ushers rebirth of liquid O2

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07/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - Three years ago, the prospects for the long-term viability for liquid oxygen were so bleak that the three major vendors in the category - Puritan Bennet, Caire and Penox - could hear the ominous footsteps of the bellringer climbing to ring the death knel

Same or similar denials burn Region D providers

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07/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Region D denials for "same or similar" claims appear to be skyrocketing, according to one billing professional.

Weird News

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07/31/2002

Quadriplegic sues strip club
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A quadriplegic has sued a strip club, charging that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because the lap dance room does not have wheelchair access, according to The Associated Press.

Legal

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07/31/2002

Providers, look out for 'agents'

With Neil Caesar
Q. Rotech Healthcare just uncovered fraud by one of its subcontractors that almost resulted in $30 million in false billings. Do I need to worry about my subcontractors, partners, vendors, etc.?

AHP to deploy Trac Medical's CareCert

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07/31/2002

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - American HomePatient plans to begin using Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMN solution at three regional billing centers this month. The company is planning an expansion to all regional centers within a year.

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