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Managed care big topic at rehab conference

May 23, 2017Jeff Rowe

PLANO, Texas - If you're an independent rehab provider in a state as big as Texas, you need to get together with your colleagues from across the state, on occasion, to keep from getting overwhelmed.That's how Sandy Cormier, executive director of the Texas Rehab Providers' Council, described the impetus behind the organization's recent 15th annual conference in Plano, March 30 through April 1, which drew 246 attendees.Cormier says the highlight of the conference was the opportunity to hear from the...

Rehab, Texas Rehab Providers' Council

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In brief: Cuts squeeze providers, patients; Drive gets inspired by rehab

October 28, 2016HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - Forty percent of the calls it receives through a hotline number are now from patients and caregivers who are being asked to pay out of pocket for their home medical equipment, according to People for Quality Care.An increasing number of HME providers are filing claims non-assigned, requiring their patients to cover more of the cost of their equipment, PFQC said in an Oct. 24 press release.“I just received a letter from my oxygen provider saying that they would not be taking...

Access Issues, Competitive Bidding, Drive DeVilbiss, PFQC, Rehab

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Drive gets inspired by rehab

October 25, 2016HME News Staff

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will combine three of its rehab companies into one larger company called Inspired by Drive.Together, the three companies—Columbia Medical, Specialized Orthotic Services and Wenzelite Rehab—have been contributors to the adult and pediatric rehab markets for more than 70 years.Initially, Inspired by Drive will focus on enhancing existing products and creating new products in three pediatric rehab categories: alternative positioning, bathing/toileting...

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Researchers call for re-evaluating wheelchair policies

May 3, 2012HME News Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Recent changes in Medicare reimbursement policy, including competitive bidding, may be contributing to a sharp increase in the number of wheelchair breakdowns, according to a study released this week.About 53% of wheelchair users reported one or more breakdowns that required repairs per six-month period from 2006-11, up from 45% from 2004-06, according to the study, which will be published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in June.“This paper...

CMS, HME, Mobility, Rehab, University of Pittsburgh, Wheelchairs

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NCART, rehab providers keep an eye on Medicaid

August 25, 2011Elizabeth Deprey

ST. LOUIS - The second NCART National Medicaid Summit is set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1, and Executive Director Don Clayback can't wait to show attendees what he's been up to since last year. The first summit offered a basic overview of federal policies for Medicaid, Clayback said. The second one will offer more real-life examples of Medicaid policy changes and payment reductions and strategies for how to deal with them. Clayback will also update attendees on what's going on with the states NCART found...

Don Clayback, Don Clayback, NCRT, Rehab

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MAMES forms rehab committee

April 25, 2011Liz Beaulieu, Editor

KANSAS CITY - The Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) will soon be better prepared to help its rehab provider members improve their relationships with Medicaid and other payers. The association in March announced that it plans to create a rehab committee. "It's really a concerted effort to educate our members and to help outside payers understand the rehab benefit," said Gerald Sloan, owner and president of Progressive Medical Equipment in Lenexa, Kan. "It'll be about a better...


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Briefs: Medicare cuts, debt overwhelm Fuller

March 24, 2011HME News Staff

RINGGOLD, Ga. - Fuller Rehab went bankrupt and sold $6.9 million in assets to Salt Lake City-based Orbit Medical, according to a story published in February in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The company has total debt of $12.5 million, including $3.2 million to Northwest Georgia Bank and $7 million to Pride Mobility Products, the newspaper reported. Mike Fuller told the newspaper that the company has been struggling to cope with cuts to Medicare payments, laying off about 20 employees and closing...

Home Medical Equipment, Home Medical Equipment, Rehab, scooter stroe, Wheelchairs

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On the Editor's Desk

Rehab Group zings through Invacare Media Day

August 5, 2009Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Invacare's rehab group is cooking with gas. During its presentation at Invacare Media Day today, the group shared the deets on its latest marketing strategies. The newest: A rehab-specific Web site targeted at providers, consumers and clinicians ( The interactive Web site features Flash-based video demonstrations, an accessories catalogue, and clinical benefit and reimbursement educational guides for Invacare's newest offerings, including the Solara 3G and Spree 3G tilt-in-space...

Invacare, Invacare, On The Editor's Desk, Rehab

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