Don't repeat the past


Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably familiar with how the industry's efforts to reform the oxygen benefit have been going. In a nutshell: Not very smoothly.

Don Clayback and other industry stakeholders involved in reforming the complex power wheelchair benefit don't live under a rock. That's why they've scheduled several events to gather feedback from interested parties. In addition to two Webinars this month, they've scheduled a consensus conference for Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in St. Louis.

If you're a complex power wheelchair provider, you must attend. There's no excuse. All are welcome, and it's free to attend. All you have to do is pay for airfare (it would cost me only $158 to fly from Portland, Maine, to St. Louis and back) and probably one night in a hotel.

If you remember, the industry held a similar consensus conference on oxygen reform several years ago. I don't know if all were welcome or if it was free to attend, but I do know that the discussions at that conference formed the basis of the industry's oxygen reform plan, and this year, when that plan was made public, there were some who claimed to be blindsided.

Don't repeat the past.

E-mail Don Clayback for a registration form (

Liz Beaulieu


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