Health system sells HME business
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – North Ottawa Community Health System has sold its HME business to CareLinc Home Medical & Equipment Supply in Grand Rapids, Mich., according to a local newspaper. CareLinc now has 20 locations in Michigan. The health system’s Grand Haven location fills a gap in CareLinc’s footprint in the lakeshore market, the newspaper reports. The health system says it decided to exit the HME business due to declining Medicare reimbursements. It says CareLinc has the economies of scale to withstand the 30% cuts. “From a financial viability, we knew this was something that we were not going to be able to sustain, but on the other hand, there was a need in the community,” Dan Holwerda, COO of the health system, told the newspaper.