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12/31/2001

Do your part: Help Arnie make the cut
When it comes to sales and marketing, few would venture to mention the HME dealer in the same breath as P.T. Barnum.

Aetna to slash 6,000 jobs

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12/31/2001

HARTFORD, Conn. - Aetna U.S. Healthcare is slashing 6,000 jobs, or 16% of its work force, saying it did not need as many employees given lower membership levels and the com-pany's withdrawal from certain markets.

Lincare agrees to pay U.S. government $3.15 million

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12/31/2001

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Linacre agreed to pay the U.S. government $3.15 million last month to settle charges that two of its California operations improperly billed Medicare for home oxygen equipment, therapeutic ventilators and albuterol sulfate.

Permobil ramps up U.S. operation

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12/31/2001

LEBANON, Tenn. - Larry Jackson, a former home medical equipment provider, has climbed the rungs to the top spot at Permobil. The company promoted him last month from vice president and COO to president.

New Year mysteries

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12/31/2001

At the end of the year, there are a lot of things afoot in the HME industry, or on its margins, that I just don't understand. To wit...

Medicare bills offer providers relief

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12/31/2001

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives passed two bills last month intended to lighten Medicare's regulatory burden on providers, but don't look for immediate ratification on either.

"I don't get it. If it's not Medicare doing this, it's Medicaid doing that. Everbody has had enough."

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12/31/2001

- Florida provider Robert Slama on the state's decision to implement competitive bidding for medicaid.
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"We feel like we got kicked in the mouth."

Politics

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12/31/2001

Merging home health, HME

WITH SHELDON PRIAL
Q. Is the merger of AHCA with AAHomecare good news for HMEs?

A. This will create a powerful voice for our industry that will have the support of both DME/HME dealers and home health agencies.

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