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Expanded CPAP guidelines effective April 1

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - CMS has made its acquiescence to expanded CPAP coverage official by announcing an April 1 start date for the new policy. Sleep providers are both pleased and optimistic that it will bring a groundswell of new business.

ADL products help HMEs get more retail customers

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01/31/2002

Today, most HME providers know that ADLs, now commonly cast as "convenience products," are escalating in demand from aging baby boomers shopping for elderly parents.

CMS to overhaul coding, fee structures for ostomy supplies

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01/31/2002

WASHINGTON - In an effort to get HME providers to stock and take assignment on ostomy supplies, CMS has bumped up the number of ostomy codes and is now working on new fee structures for them.

AMP bids $14 million for bankrupt Perigon Medical

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01/31/2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Associated Medical Products, a distributor that caters to the home care and long-term care market, sat poised last month to pay $14 million to acquire bankrupt Perigon Medical Distribution.

Pharmacy groups question OIG's AWP report

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01/31/2002

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Two organizations representing community pharmacies claim an OIG report uses flawed methodology to determine the price pharmacies pay for prescription drugs.

SMT to distribute Rock 'N Go wheelchair

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01/31/2002

DETROIT LAKES, Mich. - SMT Health Systems, best known for its PAL brand of patient lifts and stands, began distributing the Homecrest Rock 'N Go wheelchair January 1.

Sunrise unleashes Web information

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01/31/2002

LONGMONT, Colo. - Sunrise Medical unveiled its new Web site last month, one that provides a ton of transactional and product information intended to make providers more successful.

CAS recalls Ami Apnea monitors

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01/31/2002

BRANDFORD, Conn. - CAS Medical Systems is voluntarily recalling all Ami and Ami Plus Apnea monitors manufactured since 1997 by Nellcor Puritan Bennett, Mallinckrodt and CAS Medical Systems.

Respironics pushes sales envelope with acquisition

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01/31/2002

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Respironics is pushing the $500 million sales envelope now that it has announced plans to acquire Nova-metrix, a cardiorespiratory company whose primary business is centered in the hospital.

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