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01/31/2003

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Respironics’ bold claims for its new C-Flex CPAP technology is prompting some to question the extent to which pressure reduction upon exhalation will prove to be a major boon to compliance.

Raising the bar

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01/31/2003

Permobil lays out new standards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Permobil is giving its rehab provider customer base one year to meet a new set of supplier standards. Those who fail to meet the standards will no longer be able to sell Permobil products.

A wayward arsenal of loose cannons

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01/31/2003

Boosters of the DMEPOS competitive bidding plan have significant firepower on their side. They can point to a persuasive report from the Congressional Budget Office that shows competitive bidding will save more than $7 billion over 10 years.

DME spending rises by 6.5%

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01/31/2003

WASHINGTON - Medicare spending for durable medical equipment grew by 6.5% in 2001, more than two percentage points slower than the 8.7% rate increase in overall healthcare spending.

Payers, providers restructure home

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01/31/2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Payers are beginning to restructure their contracts with providers to comply with new standardized home infusion codes under HIPAA, and it’s sometimes a stressful affair, industry sources say.

Raising the bar

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01/31/2003

Bruno buys Swedish lifts

Coloplast shutters Ga. plant, consolidates

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01/31/2003

ATLANTA - Although Coloplast is shutting down its breast form manufacturing plant in Marietta, Ga., and consolidating operations in an existing plant in Raubling, Germany, the only noticeable difference for its customers, says the company, will be the name on the box.

Finance

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01/31/2003

Factoring your AR
With Don Clayback

Q: Lately I’ve seen some discussion about factoring accounts receivable as a way to help cash flow. Is this a viable option?

Legal

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01/31/2003

Are there any checks, balances on IR authority?
With Elizabeth Hogue

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