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‘Tis the season

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12/31/2002

PORTLAND, Maine - Black Bear Medical took to the radio waves for the first time in December, trying to convince listeners that home medical equipment make great gifts for the holidays.

Finance

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12/31/2002

Payment discount factor
WITH DON CLAYBACK

Q: My vendors offer payment discounts, depending on when I make payment. How do I determine which to take advantage of?

Between a rock and a hard place

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12/31/2002

WASHINGTON — Industry insiders are encouraged by reports that Sen. Bob Graham (D – Fla.) may be less inclined to advocate for nationwide competitive bidding in the next Congress.

Politics

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12/31/2002

GOP: What to expect
WITH MARTIN SZMAL

Q. What can the industry expect with a Republican controlled Congress?

Republicans: lesser of two evils

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12/31/2002

In my opinion, the HME industry is
best served by the Republican party. In order to understand why, you must first look at the issues impacting our industry.

Competitive Bidding

Oregon DMEs fight Medicaid cut

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12/31/2002

SALEM, Ore. - The Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP) in Oregon, which oversees the Medicaid program, slashed fee-for-service reimbursement rates for DMEPOS on Oct. 1 from 100% of the 1999 Medicare maximum to 80% of the 2002 Medicare maximum.

Wellness delivers cash sales to N.D. provider

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12/31/2002

BISMARK, N.D. - Nine months ago, Great Plains Rehabilitation Services looked to wellness products to help boost cash sales and reduce its reliance on Medicare and other third-party payers.

Invacare rolls center-wheel

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12/31/2002

ELYRIA, Ohio - So confident is Invacare that its new center-wheel-drive power wheelchair technology will succeed that the company has begun sounding the death knell over its rear-wheel-drive PWCs.

Wheelchair demo gets off ground

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12/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The wheelchair voucher demonstration, which was set to take off last summer, is now getting off the ground, because CMS has had bigger fish to fry.

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