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03/31/2003

Diabetic supplies come under attack

Ostomy codes: less than perfect

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03/31/2003

WASHINGTON -  The final version of Medicare’s new ostomy codes increases reimbursement on 75% of the codes by 30% to 40% and decreases reimbursement on the rest about 4%.

Supreme Court could nullify 'Any Willing Provider'

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03/31/2003

WASHINGTON - The constitutionality of Any Willing Provider laws is currently undergoing the ultimate litmus test: The United States Supreme Court.

CMS sweetens managed Medicare pot

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03/30/2003

March 31, 2003

WASHINGTON - CMS is raising reimbursement for managed Medicare health plans beyond the 2% increase mandated by law and phasing in new adjustment methodology to help Medicare managed care plans that enroll the sickest beneficiaries.

New England Journal of Medicine: CPAP helps heart

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03/30/2003

March 31, 2003

MURRYSVILLE, Penn. - A sleep study published in the March 27 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine has found that heart function can be significantly improved in patients with CHF and OSA by CPAP treatment.

Graham-Field heads for auction block

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03/30/2003

March 31, 2003

ATLANTA - Graham-Field and all its assets are going up for auction April 9, and the minimum bid is $25 million.

Former Rotech President Griggs heads HME roll-up

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03/30/2003

March 31, 2003

ORLANDO, Fla. - Former Rotech President Steve Griggs is back in the saddle and heading a group of investors intent on rolling up a sizeable home respiratory therapy company.

Apria raises the bar for senior execs

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03/23/2003

March 24, 2003

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Apria announced last week that it has established Stock Ownership Requirements for its executives at the senior vice president level and above.

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