In brief: Stakeholders meet with Rep. Price, 180 Medical recognized

Friday, October 17, 2014

ATLANTA – Provider Todd Tyson, owner of Hi Tech Healthcare, and John Gallagher, vice president of government relations for The VGM Group, met with Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Oct. 10 to urge his support for H.R. 5083, which would improve the audit process, and H.R. 4920, which would require binding bids. “We stressed the importance of the timing of adding language to legislation that may move through Congress this year because CMS is already beginning the registration Round 2 Rebid this fall, with actual bidding to begin in the winter,” said Tyson in a release. Price has supported the HME industry in the past. In 2013, he sponsored H.R. 1717, which would have replaced competitive bidding with a market-pricing program. The bill eventually reached 180 cosponsors. 

Littleton Home Care Supply acquired by local family

WILMINGTON, Ohio - Littleton Home Care Supply, Inc. has been acquired by local entrepreneurs, Robert and Cynthia Bevan. The full service retail store has been serving the HME needs of the Wilmington, Ohio area since 1979. “Our goal is to take the business to the next level by continuing to provide high-quality service while offering new products and skills for the community,” said the new operations manager, James Long. Duckridge Advisors served as the advisor for the Littleton family in the sale. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

180 Medical hailed as ‘best place to work’

OKLAHOMA CITY - 180 Medical has once again been named one of the best places to work in Oklahoma by Oklahoma City-based okc.BIZ and Best Companies Group. “Being named as one of the best places to work in Oklahoma for the fifth year says so much about our company and what we stand for, because it’s based on what our employees think and say about the work experience here,” said Sharon Hodnett, director of human resources at 180 Medical. Over the past two years, the provider has hired 120 employees and recently moved into a new 60,000-square-foot facility.

Dr. Comfort donates to American Diabetes Association

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Comfort will donate $10 to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for every pair of athletic shoes sold from its newest Athletic Shoe line through the end of the year. “As a therapeutic footwear company, the fight against diabetes is very important to us,” said Product Manager Rob Heglin. The footwear manufacturer will also participate in several of the ADA’s “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” events.

VGM to hit the road

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group experts will tour 11 states in November and December with their new business seminar, “HME in 2015 and Beyond: The VGM Preparation Series.” The day-long seminars, co-sponsored by state associations, will cover Round 2 recompete strategies, 2016 U.S. regional single payment data, patient outcomes, and human resources management.

Short Takes

Retail medical supply store Med-Star Plus recently opened its doors in Burlington, N.C.…Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa and Mitchell County Regional Health Center have partnered to open Mitchell County Home Medical Shoppe, a local medical equipment store, in Osage, Iowa…In September, Keystone Medical Equipment opened its third store in Hometown, Pa. The store offers stairlifts, scooters, lift chairs, hospital beds, walkers, orthotics, diabetic supplies, oxygen, CPAP and supplies, nebulizers, TENS units, power chairs, wound care, wheelchairs and compression hosiery.

People news: Heinz, Nash, Estrella

EZ-Access has hired David Heinz as director of sales and Dale Nash as national sales manager to beef up its Home Health Care division. Both Heinz and Nash have more than 30 years of sales experience…Karyn Estrella, executive director of the Home Medical Equipment and Services Association of New England, was renewed as a certified association executive (CAE). Less than 5% of all association professionals have earned the CAE.