In brief: Valley makes buy, Brightree partners with Conduit

Friday, October 24, 2014

PHOENIX – Valley Healthcare Group has acquired Heartland Health Therapy, adding a total of six sleep centers and four DME locations in Arizona and Nebraska. “We can now service patients from the southern border of Arizona to Prescott, covering 75% of the state’s population,” said owner Ron Evans. The company plans to open three new Infinity Sleep Solutions sleep centers in Phoenix and Tucson in the next 2 months, raising their total number of facilities to 20 and annual revenue to $20 million.

AAHomecare unveils app

ATLANTA – The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) debuted their new AAHomecare app last week. Beth Ludwick, AAHomecare senior director of communications said she “designed this app to give users access to breaking news when it happens, not just from AAHomecare, but from the top industry publications that are covering HME issues.” Those who download the app will have access to AAHomecare breaking news, member alerts, and Twitter activity, a group chat wall where users can post messages and ask questions, and the latest from industry publications.

VGM creates state licensure kit

WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has created a “tool box” on its website for those looking to push DME state licensure reform. “The political landscape is ripe for licensure and now is the time for DME to be part of the broader health care conversation with legislators,” said Tom Powers, state legislative director of VGM Government Relations. “Requiring DME licensure within states will create safeguards for the medical industry and will raise the bar for local care.” The tool box includes a list of grassroots strategies, tips on finding a legislative sponsor and follow up advice, as well guides to the legislative process.

CareTouch offers end-of-year promotions

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – CareTouch Communications has released two end-of-year promotions for HME providers, whether they use Mediware Fastrack or not, to boost resupply revenues. Existing Mediware Fastrack customers can begin a resupply program by the end of 2014 and receive a communication module at no cost, while new customers using different billing systems can begin a resupply program this year and receive a free outreach campaign which reminds patients to order supplies before their deductibles reset.

Brightree partners with Conduit Office

ATLANTA – As the exclusive reseller of Conduit Office, Brightree has announced the availability of MyForms, which will give providers direct access to workflow and forms automation technology. Using MyForms, Chris Watson, chief strategy officer at Brightree said, “providers can now leverage an intelligent and automated workflow technology that is proven to lower operational costs, improve financial performance and reduce the risk of errors.”

National Seating & Mobility branch opens in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – National Seating & Mobility opened a new branch earlier this month. The location will serve Northeastern Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. “We will service assistive technology, complex rehab and all mobility needs,” said Branch Manager Bob Garwood. Garwood, along with his staff, was formerly employed by Boardman Medical Rehab, which closed earlier this year. 

Ottobock sponsors surf session

HALIFAX, NS – At least 18 registered surfers and 80 volunteers attended Life Rolls On’s “They Will Surf Again” event on Sept. 20. Ottobock Canada was the presenting sponsor of the program, which gives those with mobility disabilities the chance to surf with the help of program experts and adaptive equipment. “We consider Nova Scotia to be Canada’s Ocean Playground. For those with mobility disabilities, accessing our shores is a daunting task,” said event organizer, Paula Green. “Beyond providing the opportunity to surf, we’re happy to create a fun and friendly environment for both participants and volunteers to enjoy a great day at the beach together.” The non-profit was founded by Jesse Billauer, an avid surfer and quadriplegic.