Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Florida pharmacy enters rehab
DELAND, Fla. — Orange Belt Pharmacy threw back its shoulders last month and walked confidently into the realm of custom rehab and seating. Until recently, the $10 million RX/HME stayed away from high-end custom rehab, but last fall it hired one full time rehab professional and added another this winter. Since September, Orange Belt’s rehab business has jumped from $30,000 to $100,000 a month, said CEO Bob Rowland.
MiCASSA offers long term care options
With Medicaid reform on the front burner, providers are being urged to show support for the Medicaid Community-based Attendant Services And Supports Act of 2003 (MiCASSA). The bill offers long term care options by reforming Title XIX of the Social Security Act (Medicaid) by ending institutional bias. The bill would allow individuals eligible for nursing facility services or Intermediate Care Facility services for the Mentally Retarded (ICF-MR) the opportunity to choose a new alternative, “Community-based Attendant Services and Support,” where the money follows the individual. MiCASSA also would offer states financial assistance to reform their long-term service and support system to provide services in the most integrated setting.
United Seating & Mobility opens Kansas City office
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Seating & Mobility opened a new office in April to serve the greater Kansas City area. The company is headquartered in Florissant, Mo., and has 20 locations in 11 states. Robert Cooper, the general manager and seating and mobility specialist at the new office, began his assistive technology career in Kansas City in 1995. To meet the area’s needs, Cooper is working with case managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapist, physicians and other referral sources from the area’s local hospitals and medical offices, regional medical centers and schools.