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Licensure: onward and upward

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01/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - HME licensure efforts continue to chug forward.

FAMED hires first lobbyist

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01/31/2002

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Association of Medical Equipment Dealers (FAMED) plans to hire its first-ever lobbyist to help track state legislative issues.

Vendor coaxes physicians to 'e-click'

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01/31/2002

YARMOUTH, Maine - Physicians approach online correspondence and documentation with the same attitude they do about paper: it's a peripheral part of their job, taking a much lower priority than treating patients and collecting fees.

CMS aims laser at diabetes

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01/31/2002

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - CMS has granted a HCPCS code and an $870 allowable for a next-generation skin-piercing device that lets diabetics collect blood with a near painless method.

Company agrees to pay $690,000 to settle fraud charge

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01/31/2002

TAMPA - The owner of a St. Petersburg medical supplies company has agreed to pay more than $500,000 to Medicare for allegedly billing the insurer for motorized wheelchairs when he was actually selling less expensive motorized scooters.

O2 providers: Knowledge is power with conservers

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01/31/2002

Although oxygen conservers and regulators aren't brand-new technology, their usage has grown considerably in the past couple years, respiratory providers say.

"I don't think there are strong enough words for how much I disagree. How can they do that when they don't even know

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01/31/2002

- Healthcare attorney Elizabeth Hogue on the OIG-held belief that much of the fraud and abuse in the Hme industry could be prevented if only physicians were more involved.

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Tyco creates separate healthcare unit

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01/31/2002

PEMBROKE, Bermuda - Looking to boost shareholder value, Tyco International broke into four distinct business units last month, one of them its $7.1 billion healthcare division, which includes respiratory products manufacturer Mallinckrodt.

ABN renews viability of walker

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01/31/2002

RICHMOND, Ill. - After years of wrestling with Medicare, Mary Harroun finally got what she wanted - a Medicare HCPCS code (E0144) unique to her Merry Walker Ambulation device. It was a short-lived victory however.

Provider propels pharmacy/HME mix with new showroom

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01/31/2002

Provider propels pharmacy/HME mix with new showroom

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