MK battery gives providers a charge

Friday, February 29, 2008

ANAHEIM, Calif. - MK Battery wants to jump-start providers on their accreditation journey.
Because CMS mandates that HME providers institute proper policies and procedures regarding hazardous materials, the battery vendor has put together a CD-ROM training kit at no cost to its customers. The narrated PowerPoint program explains how to handle, maintain, service and dispose of batteries and other corrosive materials.
Wayne Merdinger, MK Battery's director of marketing, developed the package as a support tool for providers as they go through the accreditation process.
"We already had all the components, we just had to present it in a way that made sense," he said. "We designed the kit to serve providers, but more importantly to give them a comprehensive package so that they can conduct in-house training on their own."
Reviewing or establishing protocols for hazardous materials is prudent policy, but it is also easy for providers to overlook, Merdinger said. Consequently, he said, CMS' mandatory accreditation directive offers companies the chance to focus on this important function.
Dennis Sharpe, MK Battery's national HME sales manager, said the educational program is easy to install--basically, "plug and play," he said.