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10/31/2002

Report: CMS fights fraud too hard
WITH NEIL CAESAR
Q: My DMERC has us under scrutiny because we allegedly didn't comply with vague and confusing rules. Now they're threatening sanctions. Suggestions?

Keeping neb-meds on a tether

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10/31/2002

Building profits in nebulizer medications takes a a pharmacy. No secret there. Don't have one? Got to get one.

Finance

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10/31/2002

Bracing for the change
WITH JIM PHILLIPS

Q: With all the talk about reimbursement changes and the battles in Washington, what should I be looking at in my own business to make sure I'm prepared?

Air Products steps on the gas, pays $165 million for AHS

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10/31/2002

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — In one of the largest deals ever involving an independent home medical equipment provider, Air Products, a $5.7 billion industrial gas and European homecare giant, acquired American Homecare Supply last month for $165 million in cash.

Rehab needs standards

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10/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine — Various groups have been working to establish accreditation standards specific to rehab, most notably the Accreditation Commission for Home Care (ACHC), which unveiled its version at Medtrade, and AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RAT

Four senators oppose comp. bidding

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON — The HME industry's lobbying efforts paid off big-time last month when four U.S. Senators made public their opposition to competitive bidding in a letters to Senators Baucus and Grassley.

Another vendor creates politics job

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10/31/2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Count Permobil as the latest home medical equipment vendor to acknowledge the need for more political efforts at Medicare and Medicaid.

Air Liquide, Praxair bide their time

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10/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine — With its $165 million acquisition of American Homecare Supply, Air Products may be making all the noise, but that doesn't mean competitors Air Liquide and Praxair aren't going about their business of building sizeable HME companies in the United States.

AHS strategy hits the sweet spot

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10/31/2002

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — When it comes to rolling up a successful home medical equipment company, American Homecare Supply CEO Bob Cucuel and his executive team hit a home run.

Canadians 'mobilize' in U.S.

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10/31/2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A Canadian HME company that's been out of the U.S. market since the late 1990s is gearing up to re-enter the States, beginning with a multimillion-dollar financing deal and a listing on a U.S. stock exchange.

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