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Reimbursement

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08/31/2002

Audit proofing paperwork
WITH BRUCE BROTHIS
Q. What should I do if I receive a request for 30 patient charts from Medicare?

August NewsPoll

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08/31/2002

Should HMEs meet a new, higher standard of credentialing before they are allowed to participate in the Medicare program?

Yes - 68%
No - 23%

What higher standard should HME providers be subject to?

AHP to deploy Trac Medical's CareCert

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08/31/2002

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - American HomePatient plans to begin using Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMN solution at three regional billing centers this month. The company is planning an expansion to all regional centers within a year.

CMS underfunded, report states

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON – A new report on Medicare recommends more money be funneled to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but that doesn't mean HME providers should get their hopes up for higher reimbursement.

Internet

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08/31/2002

ELYRIA, Ohio - While companies selling Internet solutions to HME companies have largely drowned since the Internet bubble burst two years ago, one of the "solutions" they tried to float as a solution Invacare is now launching.

Texas HMEs battle huge Medicaid cuts

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08/31/2002

AUSTIN — In trying to stave off a proposal for Medicaid competitive bidding, state providers have identified $6.7 million in savings that Texas could reap by eliminating waste and inappropriate use in its DME program.

Stock picker: Lincare looks good

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08/31/2002

CLEARWATER, Fla. - While potential cuts to Medicare Part B raise red flags for some stock analysts following Lincare, that's not the case for stock picker Rich Moroney.

COPD market will keep drug firms busy

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08/31/2002

SAN JOSE, Calif.— The growing prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the high, unmet medical need for drugs that can stop or reverse the progression of the disease provide great opportunities for pharmaceutical companies.

Study builds case for Medicare drug benefit

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08/31/2002

BOSTON — About 22% of seniors said that they skipped doses of prescription drugs or did not buy the medications they needed in 2001 because the cost was too high, according to an eight-state survey conducted by researchers at Boston-based Tufts-New England Medical Center,

New ostomy codes could be in jeopardy

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Whether the much-heralded, new ostomy codes should include six add-on codes for pouches is up for debate, CMS told the United Ostomy Association (UOA) last month.

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