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Power of positive

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02/27/2011

BALTIMORE - Provider Ken Suter has seen his reimbursement drop 50% over the past 10 years, but he prefers to look forward, not back.

2011 is the year

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02/27/2011

WATERLOO, Iowa - Jerry Keiderling spent the better part of 2010 continuing to build up a program for Accessible Home Improvement of America (AHIA), a nationwide network of independently owned and operated providers and contractors who specialize in accessible home modifications and related products and services. Now he's ready for its coming out party.

Change banner from repeal to reform

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02/27/2011

Despite years of effort by the industry to derail competitive bidding, the flawed program has been implemented in the first nine markets. And implementation of the program will begin in an additional 91 markets in the next few months.

Provider Traks thief

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02/27/2011

EDISON, N.J. - Provider Jeff Ackerman used FleetTraks, a GPS fleet management tool, to help local police catch a thief.

Florida: Florida eyes managed care

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02/27/2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's next legislative session doesn't start until this month, but lawmakers were already making plans to overhaul the state's Medicaid program--a move that some industry stakeholders say could shut HME providers out of the program.

Product pricing: Increase in the cards?

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02/27/2011

With prices for commodities, fuel, transportation and just about everything else on the rise, providers should not be surprised if product prices increase later this year, say industry watchers.

Colorado: Bill would clear up confusion over sales tax

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02/27/2011

DENVER - HME providers here are confident that a bill to exempt durable medical equipment from the state sales tax will be a no-brainer for state lawmakers.

Infusion and valuations

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02/27/2011

Home infusion was a well-performing niche in the HME industry in 2010 and industry watchers expect that to continue in 2011. There's one little problem, they say.
"There's significant buyer interest, because they aren't included in competitive bidding and because they took their cuts years ago," said Bob Leonard, an analyst with The Braff Group, a Pittsburgh-based M&A firm. "But there aren't too many targets."

Round 1 providers get sit-down with CMS official

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02/23/2011

CMS official Jonathan Blum said he wanted to hear firsthand how HME providers were faring under competitive bidding and yesterday he got an earful.
"No one expressed confidence in the program," said Sean Schwinghammer, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services (FAHCS).

Apria posts loss for quarter, year

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02/21/2011

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Apria Healthcare announced on Feb. 18 that its net revenues dropped $8.4 million or 1.6% for the fourth quarter.

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