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Standards

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON — The 'gotcha' culture that sparked an exodus of HME providers from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health-care organizations (JCAHO) in recent years may be on the verge of extinction.

Disease state management

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10/31/2002

CANTON, Mass. - Disease state management isn't so widespread as to be a must for HME providers. But until some provider develops a purer brand of oxygen, DSM does offer a competitive advantage, say industry watchers.

Sniper's truck resembles those of DC HME's

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The sniper whose ten killings and white van began to terrorize Washington is taking a particularly tough toll on Capitol area HME providers.

"It's no fun for us because all our vans are white," said

US&M first to meet new standards

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10/31/2002

FLORISSANT, Mo. — Most of the rehab world got its first peek at the new rehab-specific accreditation standards of the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) in late October with the unveiling of the ACHC rehab accreditation manual at Medtrade.

Creditors turn up the heat on American HomePatient

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10/31/2002

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — American HomePatient, which filed for bankruptcy in July, took some heat in September from creditors, who tried to block compensation and severance package between the company and its senior management.

New COPD drug 'safe'

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON - FDA advisers last month called a new drug from Pfizer Boehringer Ingelheim safe and effective for opening the airways of patients with COPD, America's No. 4 killer, U.S. advisers said last month.

OIG concerned about surrogate UPIN habits

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON — A September report from the OIG estimates that 61% of Medicare claims for DME products that sport surrogate UPINs should have used permanent UPINs, and it suggests that CMS take a harder look at claims with surrogate numbers.

All in the family

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10/31/2002

Broker dad sells daughter's biz to Lincare
MEDIA, Pa. — You can't blame Paul Mudrick for acting like a proud father when it comes to the sale of Central Healthcare Services.

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