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Medicare reform still stalled

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09/30/2003

WASHINGTON - The conference committee trying to reconcile the House and Senate versions of Medicare reform legislation was bogged down in a dispute over a rural hospital provision in mid-September.

California slashes HME budget

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09/30/2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Gray Davis signed a new $99.1 billion budget Aug. 2 that relied on a combination of cuts to state programs and borrowing to reduce an eye-popping $38 billion budget deficit.

Continental Home Healthcare’s rehab deal puzzles competitors

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09/30/2003

GLENDALE, Calif. - Continental Home Healthcare recently acquired the assets of MK Medical, which specializes in custom rehab.

Taking aim at inventory

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09/30/2003

The thought of another seven years under a Medicare consumer price index (CPI) freeze has HME providers introspectively probing their businesses for overlooked cash reserves.

Invacare power play nets a seating gem

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09/30/2003

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare rattled the seating-and-positioning market recently when it bought Motion Concepts, the popular power system manufacturer that services the chairs of many of Invacare’s rivals.

Deal out wheeler dealers

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09/30/2003

Editor, HME News

Let’s cut to the chase about the current power wheelchair fiasco in Houston: First, and most importantly, this is not an HME industry problem. This is a Medicare problem, and this is a DMERC problem.

Workers comp insurer sues DME

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09/30/2003

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. - A workers’ compensation insurer is suing a Yorba Linda, Calif.-based DME, N-Care, for alleged over billing of durable medical equipment.

Florida reconsiders competitve bidding

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09/30/2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For Florida providers and competitive bidding, it’s deja vu all over again.

Respironics, ResMed settle patent lawsuit

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09/30/2003

SAN DIEGO and MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - The longstanding legal bickering between Respironics and ResMed is over. The two companies announced last month that they had settled all patent infringement lawsuits pending between them.

A Legislative/Regulatory spotlight

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09/30/2003

Editor’s Note: Two short years ago, only two industry vendors - Invacare and Sunrise Medical - had apppointed people to work on legislative and regulatary issues as a titled, government relations expert. Today, six companies have created designated positions.

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