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AdvaMed Urges CMS To Implement Competitive Bidding Program Later In 2007

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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AdvaMed is encouraging CMS to start the competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME) later in 2007 to allow for the agency and suppliers to prepare sufficiently

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