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More education, communication needed between patients, physicians

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06/18/2014

WASHINGTON – More than half of COPD patients don’t fully understand their disease or how to manage it, according to a new survey from the COPD Foundation.

In brief: GAO rejects protest, Hoveround lays off 20

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01/31/2014

NEW YORK – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied Rotech’s protest that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) unreasonably ignored recent, relevant information when it decided Rotech wasn’t financially fit to win contracts to supply veterans with home oxygen equipment, Law360 reports.

New device alleviates COPD symptoms

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01/31/2014

LONDON – Researchers at London’s Western University have tested the Aerobika Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy System and say it improves COPD therapy, reducing breathlessness in patients, product developers say.

COPD mortality tied to poverty, study says

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12/30/2013

LONDON – Mortality rates among COPD patients in low-income countries are linked more to poverty than the prevalence of smoking, according to a new international study published in Thorax.

In brief: CMS puts finger on fraud, DME MACs remind docs about PECOS

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12/20/2013

WASHINGTON – Industry watchers expect CMS to select a contractor early next year to administer a new fingerprinting provision aimed at curbing fraud and abuse.

Study ties COPD, cognitive impairment

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12/16/2013

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Patients with COPD are almost twice as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI), including memory loss, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

In brief: Stakeholders keep eye on doc fix, CMS issues refunds

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12/06/2013

WASHINGTON – As this year’s congressional session winds down, HME stakeholders are eyeing the “doc-fix” bill as the best vehicle for H.R. 1717.

Study examines reason for COPD in women

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12/05/2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The growing prevalence of COPD in women is due to changes in smoking trends, work hazards and, possibly, hormones, according to a new study published in Translational Research.

In brief:Brightree buys MedAct, OIG releases strategic plan

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11/22/2013

ATLANTA – Brightree has acquired McKinney, Texas-based MedAct, adding 330 HME providers to its customer base.

NIH finds communication a barrier to COPD treatment

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11/19/2013

BETHESDA, Md. - To more effectively treat COPD, patients and their doctors need to have open, detailed conversations, a web-based study by the National Institutes of Health has found.

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