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OIG keeps the heat on AWP

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The OIG continued its efforts last month to prove that average wholesale pricing should not be used when determining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Can Kamen's Segway scooter breach the HME divide?

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01/31/2002

It went by IT and Ginger, now it's known as the Segway Human Transporter. But more important than its moniker is its application - specifically, whether it has a place in the home medical equipment industry.

CMS issues new codes for diabetic shoe inserts

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS has discontinued the HCPCS code for multiple-density inserts for diabetic shoes (A5502) and replaced it with three new codes. Industry sources say the impact of the change won't be clear until CMS establishes allowables.

S.C. Medicaid reinstates co-pays for diabetic supplies

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01/31/2002

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Medicaid program here has decided to reinstate its co-payments for diabetic supplies but they're "sticking to their guns" for other HME like rehab equipment, according to the state HME association.

Providers (not bennies) must file claims for glucose supplies

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01/31/2002

Providers (not bennies) must file claims for glucose supplies
WASHINGTON - An advisory that Medicare will no longer accept claims filed by beneficiaries for glucose supplies and test strips starting April 1 should serve only as a reminder to most HME providers.

Industry tackles creating support surface standards

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01/31/2002

NEW ORLEANS - Industry leaders met here last month to lay the foundation of a three-year project to create a set of standards for support surfaces.

Scully may favor O2 thaw

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Although oxygen reimbursement has been frozen nearly solid since the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997, industry leaders have new grounds for hope that CMS may be sympathetic to a real thaw.

G-F enlists new CEO, board members

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01/31/2002

ATLANTA - Graham-Field has got a new CEO and some new notable additions to its board. Michael Joffred will succeed Tom Opladen as CEO and chairman of the board. Joffred had served as GF's CFO through the restructuring process.

Northwood spreads its Web

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01/31/2002

CENTERLINE, MICH. - Northwood went live with its redesigned Web site last month, offering members access to contract-buying information and other news intended to make their work lives easier.

AZMESA settles in

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01/31/2002

PHOENIX - The fledgling Arizona Medical Equipment Suppliers Association (AZMESA) is looking forward to the perks of its new stature, mainly a permanent spot on the Region D advisory council.

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