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Anticipating change: no easy task

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12/31/2002

WASHINGTON - It’s natural to feel a little nervous when considering the possibility of national competitive bidding for Medicare, but don’t let that nervousness turn into panic, especially when nothing has been decided yet, say industry leaders.

Region D DMERC sneers at snail mail

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12/31/2002

WASHINGTON - A sketchy proposal by CMS to modify the CMN process by licensing the DMERC’s right to require “supporting documentation…to make appropriate claims determinations” is worrying HME industry insiders who fear that the proposed change could create even more con

Market Watch

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12/31/2002

CHICAGO - Accredo Health is forgoing traditional infusion therapies in favor of more profitable specialty services. Coram Healthcare is in its third year of bankruptcy. Chartwell Home Therapies’ parent company, Med Diversified, recently entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

CMS needs’s inside POV

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12/31/2002

If CMS wants to run trials of competitive bidding and its effects, perhaps the administration should consider an insider’s point of view. CMS should build a test HME company and monitor the effects of competitive bidding within.

Providers tell referrals: ‘No service’ from catalogs

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12/31/2002

Discharging an ostomy or urological patient from the hospital with only a product catalog is like sending them on a long trip without a map, disposables providers say.

Legal

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12/31/2002

A patient’s right to choose: What you need to know
WITH ELIZABETH HOGUE
Q: What do HME suppliers need to know about a proposed new condition of participation (COP) for hospitals related to patients’ rights to choose their providers?

Briefs

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12/31/2002

Ed Wissing joins PSA as board chairman

Briefs

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12/31/2002

Independent providers turn on the tube

Clayback brings diversity to MED network v.p. role

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12/31/2002

Although he has a slightly different background than previous MED Group National Rehab Network directors, Don Clayback vows to continue, even build upon, the integrity of programs developed during the group’s 34-year history.

Briefs

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12/31/2002

MED Group names new director

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