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"I don't think there are strong enough words for how much I disagree. How can they do that when they don't even know

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01/31/2002

- Healthcare attorney Elizabeth Hogue on the OIG-held belief that much of the fraud and abuse in the Hme industry could be prevented if only physicians were more involved.

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Tyco creates separate healthcare unit

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01/31/2002

PEMBROKE, Bermuda - Looking to boost shareholder value, Tyco International broke into four distinct business units last month, one of them its $7.1 billion healthcare division, which includes respiratory products manufacturer Mallinckrodt.

ABN renews viability of walker

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01/31/2002

RICHMOND, Ill. - After years of wrestling with Medicare, Mary Harroun finally got what she wanted - a Medicare HCPCS code (E0144) unique to her Merry Walker Ambulation device. It was a short-lived victory however.

Provider propels pharmacy/HME mix with new showroom

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01/31/2002

Provider propels pharmacy/HME mix with new showroom

Finance

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01/31/2002

Returning to normal after Sept. 11

WITH MIKE ECCLES
Q: Sept. 11 has hit me hard financially, both personally as well as within my business. How can I get back on track?

Stock pickers like Apria, Lincare

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01/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - Apria Healthcare and Lincare's stocks have gathered kudos from investment professionals over the past year.

Despite closures, 'business as usual' at Bindley Western

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01/31/2002

WESTBROOK, Maine - Bindley Western has seen half of its 16 distribution centers shuttered, including one here slated to close next month, but that's just "business as usual" for a company that's been recently acquired, according to industry sources.

Ludicrous study

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01/31/2002

The article about the study showing DME's don't inform Medicare beneficiaries (see "Study: Suppliers do little to inform beneficiaries," Dec. 15, 2001, p. 8) is totally ludicrous.

"Who pays? You pay" pays off

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - A recent OIG follow-up of a 1998 study shows that the group's "Who pays? You pay" campaign to educate beneficiaries about Medicare fraud has worked, for the most part.

OIG keeps the heat on AWP

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The OIG continued its efforts last month to prove that average wholesale pricing should not be used when determining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

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