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CareCentric/Fastrack build for e-CMNs

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04/30/2002

SCHENECTDETY, N.Y. — Both CareCentric and Fastrack said they would build modules to let customers launch Trac Medical's CareCert e-CMNs from inside their systems.

Aggressive audits rankle providers

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — If the DMERCs have become hyper-aggressive in their auditing tactics, as industry watchers claim, it's news to the medical directors.

CMS ready to roll with wheelchair demo

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — It appears CMS will finally be ready to roll this summer with the consumer-directed DME (CD-DME) demonstration, which carries the lofty goal of streamlining the rigmarole involved in buying a wheelchair.

Suppliers question participation of CIL with for-profit store

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04/30/2002

PORTLAND, Maine — The state's wheelchair suppliers are questioning whether Alpha One has a conflict of interest as an administrator of CMS's consumer-directed DME (CD-DME) demonstration because it owns a for-profit HME store, Alpha One Medical.

Smart money: investing OSA

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04/30/2002

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — As a cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Thomas Fogarty as seen first hand the negative effects obstructive sleep apnea and its frequent partner in crime, hypertension, can have on the human heart, making it muscle bound and inefficient.

OIG questions GALIC billing

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04/30/2002

ST. LOUIS — Nearly $43 million of the Medicare Part B administrative costs claimed by the General American Life Insurance Company (GALIC) are being questioned and recommended for disallowance, according to a recent OIG report.

Enrollment

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04/30/2002

Surpise: All's not well at the VA
WASHINGTON — With government officials continuing to marvel at how — compared with HMEs — the VA can do more with less reimbursement, you might think all's well at the VA. It's not.

Making a case: Testing service provides 'objective' data

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04/30/2002

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.

HHS funding 'good news' for rehab providers

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04/30/2002

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently promised $55 million more in funding to a program aimed at making it easier for Americans with disabilities to live in their communities and homes.

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