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OIG comes down hard on AWP

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03/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The OIG, in releasing its final report on average wholesale pricing (AWP) last month, recommended CMS require states to bring pharmacy reimbursement for generic drugs more in line with actual acquisition costs.

Incontinence products come 'out of the closet'

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03/31/2002

Sales of incontinence products ­ like so many other segments of HME ­ are rising with the swelling tide of potential new users in the marketplace.

Making a case: Testing service provides 'objective' data

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03/31/2002

One of the biggest disadvantages the HME industry has had in its futile campaigns against reimbursement cuts is providing product data that payers accept as reliable.

Rehab group submits first set of codes

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03/31/2002

ALEXANDIA, Va. - AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) expected to submit its first round of HCPCS descriptors and definitions for rehab products by the first of this month.

Medicare revises medical nutrition therapy policy

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03/31/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS issued a decision memorandum expanding coverage of medical nutrition therapy for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes and renal disease, allowing a patient to receive this new benefit while also getting diabetes self-management training (DSMT).

Question & Answer

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03/31/2002

Respiratory pioneer: 'I still have a few years left'

"I think the conclusion you can draw is that Innomed wrote a press release that was sufficiently effective in scaring

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02/28/2002

- Analyst Bruce Jacobs of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown in Boston on the stock prices of the nation's two CPAP heavyweights, respironics and resmed, declining sharply following reports that innomed technologies had logged $20 million in sales commitments for its new nasal int

Nevada cracks down on AWP

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02/28/2002

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada filed a lawsuit recently accusing 12 major drug companies of engaging in deceptive trade practices by manipulating or misstating the average wholesale prices (AWP) that govern Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for prescription drugs.

Want ad: Scooter maker seeks HME manufacturer

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02/28/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - Physicians approach online correspondence and documentation with the same attitude they do about paper: it's a peripheral part of their job, taking a much lower priority than treating patients and collecting fees.

Question & Answer

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02/28/2002

ATLANTA - In a decision one top executive says the company had no choice but to make, Graham-Field has announced it is outsourcing the production of several key product lines.

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