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Update on PMD demo: Spending drops 50%

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04/30/2013

BALTIMORE – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) has taken a nosedive ever since CMS implemented a demonstration project that requires providers to submit prior authorization requests before supplying equipment.

PMD demo: Could it help to increase access?

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02/08/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine – Provider Doug Westerdahl says one of the benefits of the PMD demo has been providing wheelchairs to Medicare beneficiaries that he never would have provided before.

Sometimes freezing is the better option

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Friday, January 25, 2013

It’s been a chilly week here at HME News World HQ, with temps in the low single digits dipping into the negative double digits. 

Last winter was my first back in southern Maine after living along the Canadian border, and it was warm and wonderful, with only about two snowstorms. 

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Let's all stare at Shannon

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Before I went to CELA this spring, I hadn’t met anyone who used a wheelchair. I mean, sometimes when family members took my grandmother to a mall or Disney World, they’d grab a wheelchair to help her get around because of her sore knees, but that’s about it. 

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AAH: Delay PMD demo

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08/28/2012

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare on Monday called for CMS to delay a PMD demo scheduled to start Sept. 1 because the agency still hasn’t released a final version of instructions.

Provider helps bring wheelchairs out of the doghouse

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08/24/2012

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. – Jay Turner is asking the mobility community to donate wheels for a different kind of HME customer: the four-legged kind. 

Back to basics

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08/24/2012

ATLANTA – Kay Koch had no idea when she first decided to host a small education event that, 10 years later, she would be renting hotel conference rooms to hold a crowd. 

Can't even get arrested in this town

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Friday, August 24, 2012

I've been following this story a bit because I follow United Spinal on Twitter and they've been keeping me up-to-date. 

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Breakdown study: Wheelchairs at risk

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06/22/2012

PITTSBURGH – A recent study found that 53% of wheelchair users reported one or more breakdowns that required repairs in a six-month period, with Medicare and Medicaid patients the most affected.

Five-year rule haunts mobility providers

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06/15/2012

WASHINGTON – The five-year “reasonable useful lifetime” rule for capped rental items has been on the books for years, but mobility providers are just starting to feel its sting.

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