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New ostomy fees could increase Byram's biz

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04/30/2002

GREENWICH, Conn. — An ostomy provider here is trying to makeover the ugly billing problems that will likely result from the new ostomy codes into an attractive business opportunity.

e-CMN vendors face political hurdles

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04/30/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Although the program memorandum that paved the way for e-CMNs was issued Sept.

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04/30/2002

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MSRP under siege: How low will you go?

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04/30/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine — Providers have always offered discounts below the MSRP to provide consumers with the sense that they are getting a deal. But the deep discounting offered by Internet and 1-800 companies has created what Rick Atkins calls a "Wal-Mart mentality."

Apria acquires $9m Midwest HME

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04/30/2002

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — In early April, Apria acquired Pulmocare Medical, a 10-location $9 million medical equipment company and NAMES's 1996 HME Provider of the Year.

Cross-walked codes force Pa. HMEs to run for help

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04/30/2002

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania HMEs have enlisted the aid of state legislators to help locate the law that allows Medicaid to cut reimbursement to 80% of the Medicare allowable when it changes a product's code.

Ohio State U. switches to Apria

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04/30/2002

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — In April, Apria inked a deal to handle the home medical equipment needs of University Home Care Services, a piece of Ohio State University. Apria replaces Columbus Prescription Pharmacies as University Home Care's HME subcontractor.

Minnesota providers tolerate competitive bidding

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04/30/2002

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As HMEs in Florida seethe over a new Medicaid competitive bidding project for hospital beds and oxygen equipment and supplies, a similar bidding project in Minnesota is collecting accolades for saving the state "millions of dollars."

'Unbundling' Medicare reimbursement

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04/30/2002

The boldest proposal to come out of the recent AAHomecare Leadership Conference in Tucson - indeed, the most ambitious plan to reorient the way HME providers do business since the Six Point Plan and the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997 - sprung from a Power Point present

Option Care gains New England foothold

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04/30/2002

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Option Care entered the New England market in March when it acquired American HomePatient's infusion-pharmacy operations here. The operations generate about $6 million in annual revenue, according to Raj Rai, president and CEO of the Bannockburn, Ill.

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