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Financials

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05/31/2003

Lincare acquires 4 companies in 1st Q

CMS says: Mission accomplished

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05/31/2003

WASHINGTON — The competitive bidding demonstration projects in Polk County, Fla., went well for a number of reasons, despite provider grumblings to the contrary, say CMS officials.

Why The Spike in DME Utilization at Medicare

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05/31/2003

The increase in DME utilization is a white-hot issue. Some argue that the increase is unwarranted and the products “over utilized.” They suggest that suggestive marketing campaigns have lead many to pressure physicians to prescribing equipment they don’t need.

Apria’s DSO remains at 52 days

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05/31/2003

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — Apria kept is DSO at 52 days in the first quarter, despite the usual first-quarter slowdown in cash collections due to patient deductibles and payer and benefit changes that typically occur at the start of a new year.

Scam targets Houston

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05/31/2003

HOUSTON — HME providers in Houston are growing increasingly frustrated with a rash of shoddy new power mobility dealers and the second-tier manufacturers serving them.

Vet lobbyist signs on as new AAH CEO

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05/31/2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — AAHomecare has named veteran healthcare lobbyist, Kay Cox, to replace outgoing CEO and President Tom Connaughton, effective June 1.

A toll for thee

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05/31/2003

A bellwether is ringing in Tennessee. True, Georgia cast the mold when state Medicaid began to require that you had to either be a member of NRRTS or hold RESNA’s ATP or ATS credential if you wanted to provide rehab to its beneficiaries.

Briefs

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05/31/2003

Tax plan would freeze CPI on more than wheelchairs

Not everyone’s crazy about M&A craze

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05/31/2003

YARMOUTH, Maine — Les DeFelice isn’t interested in selling his company. Neither is Jill Spellman, Mark Sheehan nor Vince DeStigter.

An unusual case of downcoding

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05/31/2003

PUERTO RICO — Here’s an audit you don’t see every day, although the result — it was overturned at the ALJ level — is becoming a rather ho-hum experience.

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