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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.

Goodwill turns HME trash into another man's treasure

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02/28/2002

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - When it comes to home medical equipment, one man's trash really is another man's treasure at Goodwill Industries of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Politics

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02/28/2002

Bush's budget and HME

WITH TOM CONNAUGHTON
Q. How will the president's proposed budget affect the HME industry?

Sleep patients to 'Watch' for disorders with new product

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02/28/2002

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Itamar Medical got FDA approval to begin selling a unique, ambulatory

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