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Medicare: Who needs the headache?

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08/31/2002

(Editor's note: As the industry battles to beat back competitive bidding, HME News will profile from time to time providers who, for whatever reason, don't fear the reimbursement cut.)

Capitation could help CMS save money

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08/31/2002

The fact that the federal government is proposing the roll-out of competitive bidding across the nation is no surprise. The government is looking for ways to cut costs that keep rising every year.

AHP files for Chapter 11

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08/31/2002

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — In what one industry watcher called the "most upbeat" Chapter 11 announcement he'd ever seen, American HomePatient filed for bankruptcy Aug. 1, seeking protection from creditors while reorganizing $275 million in debt.

Power wheelchairs

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08/31/2002

Permobil
C2K Corpus - Drive: front
- Size: 43 x 26 x 40 inches
- Weight capacity: 220-265 pounds
- Top speed: 5 mph
- Turning radius: 26 inches
- Range on full charge: 19-25 miles

Question & Answer

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08/31/2002

HMExcellence: What's it all about?

Merchandising key for wheelchair accessory market

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08/31/2002

When it comes to selling companion products for wheelchairs, successful providers say the first rule is to let patients know the items are available to them. Therefore, merchandising plays a critical role in garnering these extra sales, they say.

Numbers game

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON — A report that claims rolling out a national competitive bidding project would require a 35% increase in CMS's workforce has pit AAHomecare's Coalition for Access to Medical Services, Equipment and Technology (CAMSET) against CMS in the first round of what's b

Final HIPAA rules issued

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration issued final rules for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) last month, and they include a change that eases the paperwork burden on providers.

"We have to keep the pressure on. We need to keep pushing really hard." -- Asela Cuervo

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08/31/2002

WASHINGTON — HME leaders aren't taking anything for granted in the industry's fight to derail national competitive bidding.

Option Care buys $17M home infusion pharmacy

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08/31/2002

BUFFALO, Ill. — Option Care's July acquisition of a $17-million home infusion pharmacy in Minneapolis is the largest in a string of acquisitions the company has made in the past year and a half.

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