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01/31/2003

Where to save money
With Martin Szmal

Q. Where should Congress look to save money on healthcare expenditures?

CMS to cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetics

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01/31/2003

WASHINGTON - CMS announced in a December program memo that it would cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) for the treatment of diabetic wounds beginning April 1.

Mass. provider wins: Must pay $14,000 not $247,000

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01/31/2003

SANDWICH, Mass. - It cost Mark Sheehan roughly $80,000 to fight and successfully refute a charge that he owed Medicaid $247,000 due to faulty billing practices. And if the owner of Cape Medical Supply had to do it all over again, he would.

Seniors’ disabilities fell during 1990s

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01/31/2003

CHICAGO - Although medical researchers aren’t sure why, the prevalence of disability among the nation’s senior population declined significantly during the 1990s.

Vendors list Do’s & Don’ts for optimizing scooter sales

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01/31/2003

When it comes to energizing scooter sales, mobility dealers don’t need to try anything radical, manufacturers say. All it takes is a fresh perspective on procedures already in place.

Coming into their own

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01/31/2003

NRRTS and its members mark 10-year anniversary

Faulty Medicare payments hold steady

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01/26/2003

January 27, 2003

WASHINGTON - Improper Medicare benefit payments made during 2002 totaled $13.3 billion, or about 6.3 percent of the $212.7 billion in processed fee-for-service payments reported by CMS, according to a new report by the OIG.

Invacare records quarterly, yearly growth

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01/26/2003

January 27, 2003

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare's net sales for the fourth quarter increased 8% to $282 million compared to $262 million last year. Net earnings were $17.6 million for the quarter and $64.8 million for the year.

Bush continues funding for diabetes research

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01/26/2003

January 27, 2003

WASHINGTON - President George Bush signed into law last month a bill (H.R. 5738) that provides $1.5 billion for diabetes research and programs over the next 5 years.

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