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AWP comes under more fire

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12/31/2001

PHILADELPHIA - A group of class-action lawsuits were filed against five drug companies in November claiming the companies raised the price of drugs sold to Medicare, according to The Associated Press.

New study finds remote sleep testing 96% accurate

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12/31/2001

Research that quantifies the cost effectiveness of home-based sleep monitoring has resulted in some favorable attention for Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sleep Solutions, a development that company officials are hoping will propel remote apnea testing into the mainstream.

Study provides sobering look at Medicare billing problems

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12/31/2001

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A new study that has aggregated remittance data from more than 240,000 Medicare claims has put ammunition behind HME claims that paperwork is the toughest part of being a provider.

For example, the RemitData study has found that:

FAMED hires first lobbyist

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12/31/2001

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

Sunrise transforms exec team

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12/31/2001

LONGMONT, Colo. - The retirement of Tom O'Donnell as president of Sunrise Medical, announced and effective Nov. 5, completes the remarkable transformation of the Sunrise Medical executive team.

Four months later: HME provider aims for normalcy

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12/31/2001

NEW YORK CITY - Three months after terrorists flew two jetliners into the World Trade Center, business is slowly returning to normal for Milton Past, but his life will never be the same.

Marketing

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12/31/2001

NEW ORLEANS - If what Arnold Palmer did for the popularity of golf has legs beyond the links, the home medical equipment industry is about to become the beneficiary of a whole new level of recognition.

Sales

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12/31/2001

SEWELL, N.J. - Electric Mobility's "not making any money" in its dealer division and as of Jan. 1 stopped selling its popular Rascal scooters and TurnAbout power wheelchair through HMEs, preferring instead to focus on the more lucrative direct-to-consumer market.

Rehab divisions could fall victim to Medicaid cuts

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12/31/2001

GREENVILLE, S.C. ­ Budget cuts by the state legislature have resulted in Medicaid eliminating its co-payments and suppliers reconsidering their assignment decisions, especially for rehab equipment, according to the state DME association.

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