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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.

Good but not great

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02/28/2002

What's good money in the DMEPOS business? And what's great money? As a Medicare provider, are you obliged to earn good money and not great money? That's what Tom Scully thinks.

Providers await new ostomy rates

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02/28/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS is slated to release fee schedules for the new temporary ostomy codes this month, and industry sources say it's anyone's guess what it'll come up with for reimbursement rates.

Internet

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02/28/2002

AUSTIN, Texas - Another company is launching an e-CMN initiative that would let HME providers exchange certificates of medical necessity via the Internet.

Strategy

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02/28/2002

DALLAS - A 19-location HME that targets orthopedic surgeons as referral sources and offers a one-stop-shop solution for all their equipment needs, is taking its show nationally, thanks to about $6 million in backing.

'Oxygen boy' meets Mr. Hoodenpyle

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02/28/2002

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. - Henry Early Hoodenpyle calls his 43-year-old HME provider, Rick Forshee, "oxygen boy." Forshee calls the 108-year-old WWI veteran Mr. Hoodenpyle.

By most standards, Hoodenpyle, who goes by Early, is not your typical O2 patient.

Reimbursement

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02/28/2002

DMERC customer service
WITH NANCY BURMA
Q. How can you be sure the information given by the Customer Service Units at the DMERCs is correct?

The times - they've already changed

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02/28/2002

You'll see some significant changes in the structure of HME News this month, based entirely on changes that are occuring in the industry.

Apria ushers in new CEO

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02/28/2002

LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Apria has announced that Lawrence M. Higby, 56, has been appointed CEO and elected to the company's board of directors, replacing Philip L. Carter.

Strategies differ for lightweight, sports chairs

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02/28/2002

The line distinguishing lightweight wheelchairs from sport chairs has been gradually un-blurring in recent years and as a result, marketing tactics have become more distinct for each segment, mobility providers say.

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