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Complaince

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05/31/2002

Remember, ignorance is not an excuse
With Erica Rochelle
Q. Can I be held responsible for something I did wrong but didn't know was a violation when I can show I acted in good faith?

N.C. considers comp. bidding

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05/31/2002

RALEIGH, N.C. - After showing up in President Bush's federal budget, and in the Florida Medicaid program, competitive bidding has spread to North Carolina and could be poised for broader dissemination.

Who needs to pay attention?

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05/31/2002

Last month I left you standing at the head of the HIPAA trail. As I said before, the HIPAA trail is a bureaucratic trail so you will need to pay close attention to all the trail markers.

Let's raise industry standards

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05/31/2002

Fraud and abuse. Mention it to an HME provider and, no matter how serious the implications, it's hard to keep your eyes open. It's like when experts start talking about HIPAA.

Update

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05/31/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS has asked the DMERC medical directors to take a second look at the recently released ostomy codes and fees after receiving complaints from providers that the new codes and fees make billing too difficult, according to the United Ostomy Association (UOA).

Update

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05/31/2002

ELYRIA, Ohio - Invacare's decision to quit selling lift chairs, a product described by some as a core DME item, has raised eyebrows from coast to coast but hasn't really turned many heads.

CareCentric/Fastrack build for e-CMNs

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04/30/2002

SCHENECTDETY, N.Y. — Both CareCentric and Fastrack said they would build modules to let customers launch Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMNs from inside their systems.

Aggressive audits rankle providers

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — If the DMERCs have become hyper-aggressive in their auditing tactics, as industry watchers claim, it's news to the medical directors.

CMS ready to roll with wheelchair demo

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — It appears CMS will finally be ready to roll this summer with the consumer-directed DME (CD-DME) demonstration, which carries the lofty goal of streamlining the rigmarole involved in buying a wheelchair.

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