Briefs: Jaeger out, Hoey moves up at NCPA

Monday, April 25, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Kathleen Jaeger resigned as executive vice president and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the association announced April 1. "I appreciated the opportunity to work with the NCPA executive committee and its staff," stated Jaeger. "In the end, we agreed that we wanted to take the association in different directions." The NCPA has tapped B. Douglas Hoey to replace her. Hoey previously served as NCPA's senior vice president and COO. Hoey is a registered pharmacist who spent 14 years working in independent pharmacies before joining NCPA's staff. 

New standards for negative pressure?

ARLINGTON, Va. - The AAHomecare Medical Supplies Council has recommended that new standards for negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) be included in accreditation requirements for HME providers, the association said in April. CMS and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have been looking into payments for the product category, and last year, the FDA expressed concerns about the safety of NPWT and other medical devices used in the home. "The additional standards will help ensure that only those providers qualified to provide the full range of services associated with NPWT are eligible to provide this service," stated AAHomecare.

Sky's the limit at Watermark

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Watermark Medical has launched WM SleepCare, a web-based program that offers a comprehensive sleep benefits management program to insurance companies. The program uses a cloud-based platform to improve workflow, integrate therapy alternatives and reduce costs, said Watermark in a release.

Enterprising CPAP provider recognized

RALEIGH, N.C. - Provider Lisa Feierstein was named a 2011 Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine in March. Feierstein is the founder and president of Active Healthcare. "I am thrilled to be recognized for a second time with this prestigious international award and to be honored alongside so many other women entrepreneurs," said Feierstein in a release. "I am also delighted to again highlight Active Healthcare's work in our community to a national audience." In 2010, Active Healthcare was ranked number 18 of the top 100 North Carolina Small Businesses by Business Leader Media.