Reps get nice pay raise in 2001

Monday, December 31, 2001

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - It's been a good year for sales representatives for medical products distributors. They've watched their salaries increase 28%, according to a survey recently released by the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA). The "2001-2002 Compensation and Benefits Survey" also noted a 15% increase in salaries for sales managers. Top employee benefits included medical and dental insurance, employee discounts, education assistance, and retirement programs. The survey was conducted by Industry Insights, an independent research firm. Compensation data was collected for 59 job titles commonly found in medical products distribution companies. HME

Medline opens new warehouse
MUNDELEIN, Ill. - Medline Industries planned to open a new 270,000-square-foot distribution center in Lathrop, Calif., to help it keep pace with a growing book of business in the Northwest United States. The facility will stock more than 100,000 medical and surgical products. In addition to streamlining the distribution of products received from overseas, the warehouse will assemble orders for Medline's homecare program in which orders will be placed in patient specific packages and shipped directly to the patient's home. HME

Rehab petition drive kicks into gear
PLYMOUTH, Minn. - The Re/hab Technology Initiative Grassroots Signature Campaign petition packets were scheduled to be mailed out Nov. 15 to more than 1,500 rehab professionals, who will invite consumers to sign the petitions. The campaign will petition lawmakers to enact legislation that limits the provision under Medicare of high-end rehab products to companies that employ one of the following: CRTS; ATSs; ATPs; credentialed rehabilitation engineers/technologists; OTs or PTs. HME