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In brief: OIG says access intact in bid areas, GAO says to extend prior auths


WASHINGTON – Round 2 of Medicare’s competitive bidding program does not appear to have impacted access to oxygen or enteral supplies for most beneficiaries, according to two new reports from the Office of Inspector General.

People news: Merits Health, Philips Respiratory


Cape Coral, Fla.-based Merits Health Products has promoted Kevin Liu to president and Chris Blackmore to vice president of sales and business development.

Merits Health launches home access division


CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Merits Health Products has launched a new home access division called Pilot. The division currently offers an economical straight stair lift that it says is easy to work on and can be adjusted to fit most applications.

Avid Rehab goes to market


CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Avid, the new complex rehab division of Merits Health Products, has launched its first power wheelchair and has added two industry veterans to its team to promote the product.

In brief: CMS publishes RAC results, Merits clears FDA hurdle


WASHINGTON – Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) identified $939.3 million in improper payments in fiscal year 2011, according to a

A dose of trouble mixed with a dash of opportunity

Monday, December 10, 2012

A relatively small group of vendors dominated the headlines of HME News in 2012.

FDA woes drag on for HME manufacturers


ATLANTA and CAPE CORAL, Fla. – GF Health Products and Merits Health Products, which received warning letters late last year about violations at their manufacturing facilities, say the ball is in the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) court.