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New COPD drug 'safe'

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON - FDA advisers last month called a new drug from Pfizer Boehringer Ingelheim safe and effective for opening the airways of patients with COPD, America's No. 4 killer, U.S. advisers said last month.

OIG concerned about surrogate UPIN habits

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON — A September report from the OIG estimates that 61% of Medicare claims for DME products that sport surrogate UPINs should have used permanent UPINs, and it suggests that CMS take a harder look at claims with surrogate numbers.

All in the family

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10/31/2002

Broker dad sells daughter's biz to Lincare
MEDIA, Pa. — You can't blame Paul Mudrick for acting like a proud father when it comes to the sale of Central Healthcare Services.

Audits

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10/31/2002

SANDWICH, Mass. — A provider who spent roughly $50,000 fighting and winning a recoupment battle with Medicaid has upped the ante in his battle against the state's "scare" tactics.

Medicare advisers raise questions about NCB

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10/31/2002

WASHINGTON — An influential panel that advises Congress on issues affecting Medicare has raised a number of concerns about competitive bidding for durable medical equipment.

Fledgling Sunrise president resigns

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10/31/2002

LONGMONT, Colo. - John Kitts, who was appointed president of Sunrise Medical's North American Commercial Operations late last year, resigned Sept. 9 in the wake of a management transition in the company's upper echelon.

Coding chaos?

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10/31/2002

IRVINE, Calif. - Just five months after getting new, more generous ostomy codes in April, providers began to hear disturbing news: Another set of ostomy coding changes may be on the way from CMS.

Briefs

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10/31/2002

Major Chicagoland HME acquires 500 O2 patients

Power chairs

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10/31/2002

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare's efforts to recall all of its power wheelchairs manufactured between 1985 and 2000 were challenged last month after the company settled a $7 million lawsuit in Arizona.

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