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Study: Demand for dressings to grow

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06/30/2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. - As the U.S. population ages, demand will continue to rise for advanced dressings used to treat chronic wounds, such as pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and diabetic ulcers, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

New warehouse to serve as foundation of Medco coalition

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06/30/2002

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Medco Group, a new marketing company that plans to build a coalition of small to mid-sized mobility and DME vendors, signed a lease on an 11,000-square-foot warehouse and offices here in June.

Tight oxygen market spawns new tactics

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06/30/2002

Despite a long-standing "gentleman's agreement" between home oxygen providers to not pursue each other's patients directly, external market forces are apparently causing some companies to break from that tradition and engage in more aggressive practices.

Have oxygen, will travel - maybe

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - The industry appeared to make some headway in late May when HME representatives met with Department of Transportation officials to discuss revamping travel oxygen restrictions.

CBO estimates comp. bidding would save $7.7B

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - A provision for a national competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment contained in a bill by the House Ways and Means Committee would save Medicare $7.7 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

AHCA releases winners in Fla. competitive bidding project

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06/30/2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The administrator of the Medicaid program released its "notice of intent to award" bids for oxygen equipment and supplies and hospital beds to five providers last month.

FAMES awaits judge's decision on comp. bidding

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06/30/2002

TALAHASSEE, Fla. - An administrative law judge here has until early August to determine the fate of a lawsuit filed by the Florida Association of Medical Equipment Services (FAMES) that seeks to put the brakes on a competitive bidding project for Medicaid.

CB in Texas: 'They don't need to do this'

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06/30/2002

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Medicaid officials, who released an RFP for competitive bidding May 15, view the reimbursement methodology as a strategy for controlling costs and would like to see it shave $7 million off Texas'$100 million annual budget for durable medical equipmen

Keeping medical supplies in HME

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06/30/2002

Since the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997 substantially reduced the margin on home oxygen reimbursement, full-line HME providers have been gradually pulling out of the lower-margin medical supply markets.

Consumers storm Capitol Hill

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - Each time Donald Taylor rolled into a Congressional representative or senator's office in his high-end, Permobil wheelchair, he told them he was breaking the law by visiting them.

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