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05/31/2002

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare's decision to quit selling lift chairs, a product described by some as a core DME item, has raised eyebrows from coast to coast but hasn't really turned many heads.

Listen up, folks: The industry needs a makeover

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05/31/2002

First of all, let me say that though I possess strong opinions concerning how we as an industry have addressed issues in the past, I am not attempting to be antagonistic in any way, shape or form.

The ABN: not just about the upgrade

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05/31/2002

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.

Lawmakers look to reduce AWP to fund cancer drugs

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05/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) would like to see the averaged wholesale price of albuterol and other Medicare covered drugs slashed and the savings used to pay for oral cancer drugs.

Politics

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05/31/2002

Lobby congress, it's key

With Tom Connaughton
Q. AAHomecare has been particularly strident in urging its members to contact Congress as soon as possible. Why is that so important ?

Competitive bidding: 'It's not going away'

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05/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Even if industry leaders manage to derail President Bush's call to roll out a national competitive bidding program for Medicare this year, don't think you've seen the last it.

Provider: 'Drop dead' Medicaid

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05/31/2002

SANDWICH, Mass. - Mark Sheehan had two words for state Medicaid auditors who claimed he owned $247,000 due to faulty billing practices: "Drop dead."

'They kicked my teeth out'

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05/31/2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Almost a year to the day that Scott Vogelsang appeared on the cover on an industry publication next to the headline "When is Fraud Okay?" the U.S. government charged the DME provider with healthcare fraud.

Rumor mill: Rotech eyeing AHP

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05/31/2002

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The rumor mill is chewing up American Homepatient once again, aided by real concerns that the company may not be able to meet its debt obligation beyond Dec. 31, 2002.

Rotech's revenues jump 5.9% in first quarter

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05/31/2002

ORLANDO, Fla. - Rotech Healthcare reported net revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002, of $160 million, an increase of 5.9% over revenues of $151.2 million for the same quarter in the previous year.

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