Briefs

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Monday, May 31, 2004

California mulls 2nd DME fee schedule

SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers are considering a bill that would order the administrator of the state’s worker’s comp program to develop a fee schedule for medical equipment not specified by the Medicare program, according to a report in the L.A. Times. Critics contend that the bill is a gift to one medical equipment company, Irvine-based VisionQuest, which makes cold therapy portable infusion devices. The state assembly’s insurance committee passed the bill by a vote of 10-1.
Wheelchair control maker cuts workforce

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Dynamic Controls, the world’s largest maker of controls for power wheelchairs, is eliminating 20 positions from its 480-person workforce, according to a New Zealand news source. The Invacare subsidiary said it would create additional positions and hire new employees with different skill sets. Dynamic employed 380 in December 2002.
Sunrise outsources wood manufacturing division

LONGMONT, Colo. - Sunrise medical is shutting down its wood manufacturing division in Stevens Point, Wisc., and outsourcing that work to China, according to the Stevens Point Journal. Formerly known a Joerns, the wood manufacturing facility makes case goods, such as bedside cabinets, used in long term care settings. The Stevens Point plants employs 249 people.
Outtakes

VMI will be on the road this summer with its line of mini and full-size van conversions, platform lifts and accessories. VMI will visit six cities to host dealer and consumer education presentations … Collagen Matrix has received FDA clearance on two new products to be used in the area of wound healing and wound management: The Sponge and The Film … Hoveround won top honors from a consulting company, UGS PLM Solutions, for the design of its MPV4 power wheelchair. The chair was lauded for its blending of an aesthetic, consumer-oriented design and its functionality.

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