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OIG studies question AWP

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12/31/2001

WASHINGTON - A slew of recent OIG reports studying the discount below AWP at which pharmacies purchase brand name drugs in various states is strengthening CMS's argument that average wholesale prices might distort drug prices, healthcare attorneys are saying.

AWP does it all: distribute, manufacture, deal product

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12/31/2001

FRESNO, Calif. - After several years of focusing on its OEM business, American Wheelchair Products is jumping back into the distribution of manual wheelchair parts with both feet.

CA: Number of uninsured to rise

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12/31/2001

ATLANTA - Coalition America (CA), a healthcare technology company working to help other companies control costs, expects the recession to result in an increase in the number of patients without health insurance.

CPI zigs and zags: up, down and up

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12/31/2001

WASHINGTON - The frosting that CMS spread over last summer's CPI increase has lost a little of its sweetness, but providers are still better off than they were in 2000.

Managing Editor

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12/31/2001

Do your part: Help Arnie make the cut
When it comes to sales and marketing, few would venture to mention the HME dealer in the same breath as P.T. Barnum.

Aetna to slash 6,000 jobs

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12/31/2001

HARTFORD, Conn. - Aetna U.S. Healthcare is slashing 6,000 jobs, or 16% of its work force, saying it did not need as many employees given lower membership levels and the com-pany's withdrawal from certain markets.

Lincare agrees to pay U.S. government $3.15 million

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12/31/2001

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Linacre agreed to pay the U.S. government $3.15 million last month to settle charges that two of its California operations improperly billed Medicare for home oxygen equipment, therapeutic ventilators and albuterol sulfate.

Permobil ramps up U.S. operation

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12/31/2001

LEBANON, Tenn. - Larry Jackson, a former home medical equipment provider, has climbed the rungs to the top spot at Permobil. The company promoted him last month from vice president and COO to president.

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