In brief: Numotion acquires Monroe Wheelchair, AAH puts Walmart on notice

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Friday, February 21, 2020

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Numotion has acquired Syracuse, N.Y.-based Monroe Wheelchair.

Monroe has served as provider of complex rehab technology services for more than 75 years. It also offers augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and software.

“We are thrilled to announce that Monroe Wheelchair has been acquired by Numotion,” said Doug Westerdahl, CEO of Monroe. “Their customer-centric focus and employee-supportive organization align with our values and business principles. Numotion’s infrastructure and technology will ensure our customers have the most responsive service experience the industry has to offer.”  

Monroe’s more than 80 employees will join Numotion and its office locations in Syracuse, Rochester and Albany will remain open.

“We are excited to welcome Monroe Wheelchair to the Numotion team in order to better serve customers in New York state,” said Mike Swinford, CEO of Numotion. “Monroe’s commitment to compassionate care and their tireless efforts to dignify life through enabling independence, enhancing comfort and ensuring dreams, are perfectly in line with our mission at Numotion.”

AAHomecare puts Walmart on notice

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has a letter to Walmart, reminding the retail giant that both Federal and North Dakota laws prohibit the sale of CPAP devices without a prescription, after Sanford Healthcare was approached by someone who needed help with a device purchased from Walmart.com. North Dakota also requires CPAP devices to be set up by a clinically trained professional. The North Dakota Board of Pharmacy has opened an investigation into the matter, according to AAHomecare. The association will follow up when it receives a response from Walmart, it says.

DexCom, Insulet to integrate technologies

SAN DIEGO – DexCom and Insulet Corporation have partnered to combine current and future Dexcom CGMs with Insulet’s tubeless insulin delivery Pod into the Omnipod Horizon System, which is currently in trial. Under terms of the non-exclusive agreement, the Omnipod Horizon Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) System will use sensor values from the Dexcom G6 and next generation G7 CGM systems to predict glucose levels into the future and automatically adjust insulin doses. “Everyone at Dexcom is excited to be in the final stages of integrating Dexcom CGM technology into the Omnipod Horizon System," said Kevin Sayer, executive chairman, president and CEO of Dexcom. "This system will bring together the demonstrated accuracy of Dexcom CGM with Omnipod’s tubeless insulin delivery Pod which provides a simple user experience and freedom from injections and tubes.”

NHIA welcomes Brightree to advisory council

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Brightree has joined the National Home Infusion Association’s Future of Infusion Advisory Council, an advisory group of manufacturers and service companies. Brightree Business Management Software helps home care pharmacies fill and bill more efficiently, and reduce errors. “Home infusion is a complex business, requiring fluid coordination between a number of key stakeholders and accordance with strict regulations,” said Rob Boeye, Brightree’s executive vice president. “We’re a proud supporter of the industry, both through our pharmacy software suite, which acts as a single solution for automating all clinical, billing and reporting needs, and our ongoing partnership with NHIA.” Other FIAC members include 3M Health Care, Baxter Healthcare, B. Braun Medical, McKesson and WellSky.

VGM Forbin to oversee VGM Technologies

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Technologies will transition to the VGM Forbin Portfolio. The partnership will build upon the service offerings of both groups, and allow greater personalization to fit market demands, including a customized consultation process and deeper connections with suppliers. “We are really excited to be able to serve our healthcare customers in this capacity,” said VGM Forbin president Will Cousin. “Building on what VGM Technologies started, our team is energized to help bring more security and efficiency to the DMEPOS industry through technology solutions combined with our individualized approach to web solutions.” VGM Forbin offers managed IT services, website development and digital marketing campaigns, as well as SSAE 18 Hosting, HIPAA Compliance and a proprietary intrusion prevention system called VGuard.

Pride launches refreshed website

EXETER, Pa. – Pride Mobility has redesigned its website, featuring an accessible-friendly widget. Users can increase type and cursor size and highlight links. The site also uses email marketing automation technology and collects data based on the customer’s behavior while he or she visits the site. “The redesign is meant to enrich the quality of our consumer’s journey and provide a clear understanding of the breadth of our product lines and their benefits,” said Rhonda Perko, vice president of marketing. “Our consumers are extremely savvy and know what they like when they see it. It is important for us to glean more insight into more high-tech products and specific features they would like to see in the future.”

Rehab Medical named Best Place to Work…

INDIANAPOLIS – Rehab Medical has been named on of Indiana’s Best Places to Work for the second year in a row. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce named the provider in its large company (250-999 U.S. employees) category. “What a great accomplishment for our leadership and our amazing employees,” said Alisshia Isaacs, director of human resources. “This award not only showcases who we are as a company, but also who makes our company so abundantly successful.”

…names new CTO

INDIANAPOLIS – Rehab Medical has promoted Kenny Hicks to chief technology officer. Previously, Hicks was director of technology. Hicks has led the transformation of Rehab Medical’s CRM systems, Sales Pilot, as well as the development of Rehab Seating, an app that allows patients and medical professionals to track orders in real time. “Our commitment to technology is second to none in this industry,” said Rehab Medical President Kevin Gearheart. “We firmly believe that having enterprise-level visibility into the status of our orders, in real time, allows us to move quickly and communicate more effectively, ultimately allowing us to provide the best outcomes for those we serve. Kenny has adopted this mindset and shown that he will drive us forward in an innovative manner.”

Spring forward may be step backward, says AASM

DARIEN, Ill. – More than half of Americans (55%) report feeling tired after the spring daylight saving time transition, according to a new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

This year’s “spring forward” takes place March 8.

Other studies show additional negative impacts. One study, published on cell.com, shows that fatal accidents increase by 6%, with the highest risk in the morning, and that locations further west in a time zone are more affected.

According to the AASM Daylight Saving Time Health Advisory, studies show that daylight saving time has adverse effects on sleep/wake patterns that can last about five to seven days. The effects of changing to daylight saving time appear to be most notable for those who have pre-existing insufficient sleep.

The AASM recommends the following tips to minimize adverse sleep effects due to the change to daylight saving time:

Obtain at least seven hours of sleep per night preceding and following daylight saving time changes.

Gradually adjust your sleep and wake times beginning two to three days before the time change, shifting your bedtime 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night.

Head outdoors on the morning of March 8. Exposure to morning sunlight will help regulate your internal clock.

NHIA conference offers CSP exam prep

WASHINGTON – The National Home Infusion Association and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy have once again partnered to offer the Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP) Exam Preparatory Course as a pre-conference workshop at the NHIA Annual Conference, which takes place at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, CO. The CSP exam prep course will be offered on Monday, April 6, from 7:30 AM to 4:15 PM. Information and registration for the NHIA Conference and CSP Exam Preparatory Course are available on the NHIA website.