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RATC releases bid package for rehab accreditation program

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03/31/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - After two years of work, AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) anticipated releasing its RFP for a rehab accreditation program the first of this month.

Seat lift chair dealers seek alternative referral sources

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03/31/2002

Referral sources for seat lift chairs? That's a cash-and-carry item physicians and discharge planners don't even think about, let alone recommend to patients. Whoever heard of marketing seat lift chairs to referral sources?

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.

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