lymphedema pump


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lymphedema pump

A pneumatic compression device for application to an edematous limb. It works best when combined with elevation of the limb and manual massage. The device, which may be single-chambered or multichambered, is designed to provide calibrated, sequential pressure to the extremity. This action “milks” edema fluid from the extremity. It is essential that the device be used in the early phase of the development of lymphedema. If the affected lymph vessels develop fibrotic changes (i.e., scar tissue), then pneumatic compression devices are of questionable benefit.
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The case, settled today, is the second major settlement from the original Wells' complaint involving the sale of lymphedema pumps.
The agreement settles allegations by the United States under the civil False Claims Act that UltraMed had submitted or caused to be submitted claims for reimbursement to the Medicare program for lymphedema pumps (which are durable medical equipment used in the treatment of certain medical conditions) sold by UltraMed, which purportedly did not comply with certain Medicare coding requirements.
The Department of Justice announced on April 22, 1994 that it had determined to intervene in a "whistler blower" action charging UltraMed and CTI with violating Medicare regulations relating to the billing of lymphedema pumps.