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Enrollment

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04/30/2002

Surpise: All's not well at the VA
WASHINGTON — With government officials continuing to marvel at how — compared with HMEs — the VA can do more with less reimbursement, you might think all's well at the VA. It's not.

Making a case: Testing service provides 'objective' data

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04/30/2002

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.

HHS funding 'good news' for rehab providers

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently promised $55 million more in funding to a program aimed at making it easier for Americans with disabilities to live in their communities and homes.

Scully mixes it up with Congress

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — CMS Administrator Tom Scully backed down from his refusal to appear before the House Small Business Committee to answer questions on whether Medicare's reimbursement policies hurt small businesses that market medical devices.

Congress seriously considers national competitive bidding

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — While national competitive bidding has appeared as a proposal in the federal budget during past administrations, industry officials are taking it more seriously than ever this year.

Question of the Show

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04/30/2002

If you were to receive an RFP for competitive bidding tomorrow, and you were asked to respond in 30 days, what would you do?

Finance

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04/30/2002

Enron's impact on HMEs
WITH TOM CARDEN
Q.What do Enron and Arthur Anderson have to do with me?

Region D's Hoover on auditing

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04/30/2002

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — HME News talked to Region D Medical Director Dr. Robert Hoover last month regarding industry claims that the DMERCs are auditing more aggressively than ever before. In Region D, Hoover said, that is not the case.

Politics

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04/30/2002

How do you spell disaster?

WITH TOM CONNAUGHTON
Q. Is the President's proposal for competitive bidding anything to worry about? Is Florida Medicaid's proposal a concern?

10-lbs. concentrator wins 510(k)

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04/30/2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. — AirSep's 9.75-lbs. portable oxygen concentrator has received the FDA's 510(k) marketing clearance and was scheduled to start shipping last month.

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