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Aerogen cuts workforce

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06/30/2002

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Aerogen, a specialty pharmaceutical company that made headlines last year with a lightweight, virtually noiseless nebulizer, has cut its workforce by 30%, or by 32 employees.

Study validates at-home sleep diagnostics

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06/30/2002

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Sleep Solutions says an independent comparative study confirmed that its NovaSom QSG home diagnostic system is a reliable alternative to in-lab testing for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Vendors tout Web-based systems

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06/30/2002

DULUTH, Georgia - Although HME providers typically work their software systems until the code falls apart at the seams, a new breed of software system vendor is trying to convince the industry that a Web-based system is worth the price of conversion.

CMS reviews rehab codes for approval

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare's Re/hab and Assistive Technology Council (RATC) believes it has convinced CMS not to lump 14 product codes for pediatric mobility into six codes, after pleading its case during a DME Open Meeting last month.

Competitive bidding?

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06/30/2002

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - While providers from Maine to Alaska sweat out the threat of a national Medicare competitive bidding program, Manuel Hernandez is blissfully ignorant of the dreaded reimbursement cut.

Contemplating Medicare's 'dark path'

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - Like teenagers and beer, Medicare's going to try competitive bidding - that's all there is to it, says one HME provider, who has resigned himself to the inevitability of the dreaded reimbursement methodology.

DMERC: Don't expect less PWC documentation

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06/30/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - A month after the rehab industry hailed a program memo from CMS that says the DMERCs can't require providers to submit additional documentation for all POV and power wheelchair claims, a medical director is saying "it will not make a major difference in

MP TotalCare acquires Express-Med

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06/30/2002

TAMPA, Fla. -  MP TotalCare acquired Express-Med in a private deal that closed June 17, combining one of the nation's largest independent providers of respiratory medications with one of the largest providers of diabetes, incontinence and ostomy supplies.

Competitive bidding

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06/30/2002

A Florida winner speaks his mind

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