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Archive: April 2022


Mick Farrell

Vendors

ResMed: ‘This is a humanitarian emergency’

April 29, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

SAN DIEGO – ResMed has “five lines of work” to pump more of its CPAP devices into the market amid ongoing supply chain challenges, including a new AirSense 10 card-to-cloud device, says CEO Mick Farrell.  The company has launched the device – which is “basically an AirSense 10 without the cell chip in it,” says Jim Hollingshead, president, Sleep and Respiratory Care Business – only in select markets, but it’s in the process of adding markets.  “Look,...

AirSense, CPAP recall, Mick Farrell, ResMed


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Frans van houten

Vendors

Philips on recall: ‘We are progressing very well’

April 29, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Philips’ plan to remediate an additional 300,000 devices will push the completion date of its recall into 2023, but the company recorded additional provisions in the first quarter to speed up the process as much as it can.  Philips now expects to complete more than 90% of production and shipments to customers by the end of 2022, said Frans van Houten, CEO, during an April 25 conference call to discuss the company’s financial results for...

CPAP, Philips Respironics, Recall


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Ashlie White

Specialty Providers

O&P stakeholders work relationships

April 29, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Stakeholders commend CMS for improvements to the recently implemented prior authorization program for five orthosis codes, but they continue to press the agency to address concerns related to direct-to-consumer shipping of certain devices.   While a nearly year-old PA program for lower limb prosthetics has been successful, stakeholders feared that the two-day turnaround for approval for orthotics would delay care, says Joe McTernan, director of coding and reimbursement...

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, Orthotic braces


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MAMES looks good for 40

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MAMES looks good for 40

April 29, 2022Tracy Orzel

DULUTH, Minn. – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services & Supplies celebrated 40 years at its conference and exhibition last week in Des Moines, Iowa.   Forty years ago, a supplier named R.D. Dick Herrington sent a letter to Missouri and Kansas suppliers asking to meet and discuss some of the issues facing the HME industry. They met in July and by September they had a certificate of incorporation. Today, that organization is known as MAMES.  “There’s...

Midwest Association for Medical Equipment & Supplies (MAMES), rose schafhauser


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News

In brief: Lifeway grows footprint, Quipt secures contract, Permobil receives accolade

April 29, 2022HME News Staff

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lifeway Mobility has acquired Accessible Systems, Inc., expanding its presence in the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions.  ASI, a full-service dealer of stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, residential elevators, ramps, step-in tubs and overhead lifts, was co-founded more than 22 years ago by John Bixenman, Marty Twaddell and Nathan Colburn.   “We are proud of the reputation we have earned in our mission to serve families who want to stay in their own home...

1800wheelchair, Belluscura, Lifeway Mobility, Option Care Health, Permobil, Quipt


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Doug Francis

Vendors

Rhythm Healthcare increases efficiencies

April 29, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ST. PETERSBURGH, Fla. – Rhythm Healthcare has added a third distribution center in Ontario, Calif., allowing the company to better serve and grow its customer base in the western United States, says Doug Francis.  The 20,000-square-foot facility joins existing facilities in St. Petersburgh, Fla., and Memphis, Tenn.  “This allows us to open up California, Arizona, the Pacific Northwest,” said Francis, president and CEO. “I’m not saying we didn’t...

Doug Francis, Rhythm Healthcare


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AOPA evolves with internal revamp

Specialty Providers

AOPA evolves with internal revamp

April 29, 2022Tracy Orzel

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Far from an exercise in aesthetics, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) recent rebrand was a culmination of nine months worth of data collection, member surveys, and in-depth interviews with key leaders and constituents within the profession.   "We’ve seen a lot of evolution in the orthotics and prosthetics field in the last decade or so and AOPA hasn't done enough work to keep up with that,” said Executive Director Eve Lee. “We...

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, Eve Lee


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Mobility

NRRTS seeks committee members, growth

April 29, 2022Tracy Orzel

LUBBOCK, Texas – NRRTS has been holding steady at about 1,000 registrants for the last few years—no more, no less—which is why the organization is launching a new committee to develop strategies to increase its ranks.  “We thought we needed to take a different look at how we actually presented ourselves to the ATP community, the manufacturer community and the therapist community, and really put together some good talking points about who we are, what we do and what...

Complex Rehab, NRRTS


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U.S. Rehab adds AAC education

Mobility

U.S. Rehab adds AAC education

April 29, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa – U.S. Rehab’s new course offering on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) fills an education gap for complex rehab companies, says Tyler Mahncke. In particular, it fills a gap for companies with employees prepping for RESNA’s ATP certification, he says.  “We kept hearing from members, ‘We have a tech going through the process, and we understand the exam is more involved in AAC than in the past or that portion is more difficult,...

Augmentative Communications, Complex Rehab, U.S. Rehab


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Medtech saves on staffing, improves outcomes

Providers

Medtech saves on staffing, improves outcomes

April 29, 2022Tracy Orzel

FORT WORTH, Texas - Now is the time for HME providers to start looking at artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to improve quality of care without increasing costs, says Anna Elliot, a new managing director and partner at Vertess.  Here’s what Elliot, who specializes in high-growth, health care technologies, had to say about how medtech can be used and why you need it.  HME News: How much is machine learning and AI driving the growth in health care right now?  Anna...

Anna Elliot, Home Medical Equipment, Machine learning, Vertess


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