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Study: Bennies satisfied with CB

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06/30/2002

WASHINGTON - A new study that CMS will soon send to Congress flies in the face of providers who argue that competitive bidding decreases the quality of service beneficiaries receive.

Reviewing HIPAA's trail markers

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06/30/2002

The past couple of months I have been rambling along about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) trail.

Question & Answer

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06/30/2002

TALLAHASEE, Fla. - The state's providers have put the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which administers the Medicaid program, in the hot seat for competitively bidding oxygen equipment and supplies and hospital beds.

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.

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