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Dear Friends,

The following article has been sent to us from the California Society for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CSPR) to make it available on the PERF's eNewsletter.

Sincerely yours,

Mary Burns


Medicare to Pay for Major Lung Operation

N Y Times August 21, 2003
By DENISE GRADY

According to a government announcement on 20th August, 2003, Medicare will begin paying for a major lung operation for certain people 65 and over who have severe emphysema with specific traits that make them likely to benefit from surgery.

As the article is Copyrighted by The New York Times, follow the link below to read it in its entirety.

New York Times August 21, 2003

To read more about the National Emphysema Treatment Trial, please follow this link: NETT Study Results by Tom Petty, MD

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