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CMS: Healthcare costs soaring

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03/31/2002

WASHINGTON - Healthcare spending in the United States is projected to reach $2.8 trillion in 2011, up from $1.3 trillion in 2000, according to a report by the CMS.

Bridges to consumer groups must be built... by June

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03/31/2002

By most accounts AAHomecare's February Leadership Conference was a success.

OIG comes down hard on AWP

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03/31/2002

WASHINGTON - The OIG, in releasing its final report on average wholesale pricing (AWP) last month, recommended CMS require states to bring pharmacy reimbursement for generic drugs more in line with actual acquisition costs.

Incontinence products come 'out of the closet'

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03/31/2002

Sales of incontinence products ­ like so many other segments of HME ­ are rising with the swelling tide of potential new users in the marketplace.

Making a case: Testing service provides 'objective' data

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03/31/2002

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.

Rehab group submits first set of codes

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03/31/2002

ALEXANDIA, Va. - AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) expected to submit its first round of HCPCS descriptors and definitions for rehab products by the first of this month.

Medicare revises medical nutrition therapy policy

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03/31/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS issued a decision memorandum expanding coverage of medical nutrition therapy for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes and renal disease, allowing a patient to receive this new benefit while also getting diabetes self-management training (DSMT).

Question & Answer

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03/31/2002

Respiratory pioneer: 'I still have a few years left'

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