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Value-added is crucial for

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03/31/2003

HME providers looking to build their retail sales business should find orthopedic soft goods and compression hosiery a perfect complement, manufacturers say.

Upstate survives NCFE factoring debacle

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03/31/2003

CLINTON, N.Y. - Upstate HomeCare is counting its lucky stars these days and working to get a new Buffalo location up and off the ground.

You have answers, we have questions

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03/31/2003

Each month, the editors of HME News develop a question or two that relates to current happenings in the marketplace. They focus on an area where they really want to know what a broad cross-section of HME providers are thinking.

Massachusetts aims to curb O2 related fires

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03/31/2003

SANDWICH, Mass. - A rising tide of injuries and deaths from fires caused by smoking near oxygen therapy systems has spawned a 20-person state task force to spread awareness and create new regulations.

Asterisks in the notebook

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03/31/2003

This month, I’m taking a bye. No opining about Sunrise, Invacare and The MED Group. No take from this pulpit on the Northwoods position paper on competitive bidding.

New DSM program tackles COPD

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03/31/2003

RICHMOND, Va. - Health Management Corp. (HMC) recently announced it has launched a comprehensive disease management program addressing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

Chad’s sleep percolates interest

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03/31/2003

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Although ChadTherapeutics isn’t offering specifics regarding its recently announced intentions to enter the sleep arena, the provider community is hoping the manufacturer will match its Total O2 Delivery System in market impact.

The Spectre of Managed Medicare

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03/31/2003

Linda Sauls remembers the good old days, when managed Medicare+Choice paid more than fee-for-service. Now the roles have been reversed in a big way, says Sauls, A/R director for LifeCare Solutions in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DMERCs: New ICD-9 codes will be no nightmare

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03/31/2003

BALTIMORE - Allaying fears of an operational nightmare, the DMERCs are publishing bulletins asserting that HME providers will not have to obtain new CMNs even if the ICD-9 codes are not valid for the date of service on the claim or not at the highest level of specificity.

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