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04/30/2003

Florida pharmacy enters rehab

A whirlwind welcome for new RATC director

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04/30/2003

Having served as a physical therapist, lobbyist, advocate, administrator and lawyer, Sharon Hildebrandt has shown she’s not afraid to leave her comfort zone to try something new.

Surprise! JCAHO says expect the unexpected

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04/30/2003

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — Starting in 2006, JCAHO will begin to conduct its surveys on an unannounced basis. In 2004, JCAHO will pilot-test the new survey protocol with hospitals; in 2005, the organization will pilot-test all other providers.

Miscellaneous code rumors snuffed

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04/30/2003

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Rampant rumors that new codes being developed for the rehab industry won’t include a miscellaneous code for parts and services are just that: rumors and nothing more.

Question & Answer

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04/30/2003

Dr. Paul Hughes discusses IR

Is Greeley, Colo. big enough for two Don Pauls? We’ll find out pretty soon

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04/30/2003

GREELEY, Colo. — At least for the immediate future, Don Paul is going to be competing with someone he knows inside and out — himself.

Briefs

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04/30/2003

Apria board tells execs:
Put your money where your mouth is

Medicare relaxes regs governing when docs can prescribe neb meds

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04/30/2003

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In what’s being called a “shocking” reversal by one vendor, Medicare no longer requires physicians to document that a meter dose inhaler (MDI) was considered prior to prescribing a nebulizer and nebulizer med.

Providers explore market to soften cuts

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04/30/2003

WASHINGTON — While state budget deficits and looming Medicaid cuts have forced the clamps of spending to tighten around the healthcare industry, some rehab providers are expanding into new markets hoping to bring in more revenue.

AAH calls IBM, but its e-CMN still just a gleam

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04/30/2003

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AAHomecare is hiring a division of IBM to act as a consultant in the development of its e-CMN initiative.

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