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New Lincare venture appears 'off the wall'

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10/05/2010

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lincare recently diversified its product portfolio by launching a company that supplies monthly testing supplies to people who take Coumadin, a frequently prescribed blood thinner.

Rotech shows signs of 'strength'

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09/30/2010

ORLANDO, Fla. - It looks like Rotech Healthcare will succeed in selling $230 million in senior secured notes--a sign, industry sources say, that Wall Street hasn't completely abandoned the HME industry.

At Upstate, slow and steady wins the race

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09/29/2010

"We (strive for) controlled growth," said Greg LoPresti, vice president and COO. "We are not just going to grow for the sake of growing."

Medical Supply Depot adds 'virtual' wheelchair

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09/26/2010

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Provider Meir Tsinman likes to push the online envelope. In July, the president of themedicalsupplydepot.com added an app to the site to make it more user-friendly for the disabled.

Patient choice and HME

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09/26/2010

YARMOUTH, Maine - When it comes to getting referrals from hospitals, the odds may be stacked against independent HME providers.

Take note: A mattress is not a mattress is not a mattress

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09/26/2010

Wendell Martens, managing member of Clarkston, Mich.-based Sleep & Wellness Centers, likes to call the hospital beds that most HME providers supply "green monsters." "They're one solution for all," he said.

Hospital-affliated providers: 'We don't want to be left out'

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09/26/2010

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., introduced a bill in August that aims to relieve some of the competitive bidding pressure on hospital-affiliated HME providers.

Briefs: AHP one step closer to becoming private

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09/26/2010

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - AmericanHome Patient (AHP) announced in September that 6.9 million shares of the company have been tendered for 67 cents per share pursuant to the self-tender offer made July 7. AHP has accepted the shares for payment.

Collecting co-pays: Providers learn not to give away the store

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09/26/2010

Money has often been a dirty word in health care, but in an environment where every dollar counts, providers say collecting co-pays and other payments is a must.

OIG report faults Medicare contractor

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09/08/2010

WASHINGTON - Medicare overpaid nearly $40 million for diabetes test strips and lancets in 2007 in Jurisdiction A, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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