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Provider 'appeals" with products


PARKER, Colo. – Before Bill and Doreen Leahy sold their mechanical contracting firm and moved from New York to the Rocky Mountain State two years ago, the entrepreneurial-minded couple searched for a new business they could embrace and nurture.

Do health systems want in or out?


The issue of whether HME businesses are a good fit with health systems has been debated for decades and a Michigan health system’s decision to sell its HME business to a regional chain has begun the discussion anew.

At Medtrade Spring, attendees in search of opportunity


LAS VEGAS – Foot traffic was down slightly and there were fewer exhibitors at Medtrade Spring last week, but the mood was upbeat, say show organizers.

DME is what we use, HME is what we do


Historically, items like hospital beds, oxygen tanks and concentrators, wheelchairs, commodes, ambulatory aids, compressors and other items that could be used to support a medical need on an ongoing basis were referred to as DME.

Repair techs rank high on job list


YARMOUTH, Maine – When provider Calvin Fuller heard that recently named medical equipment repairer as one of “the 5 best jobs you’ve never heard of,” he wasn’t surprised.

NewsPoll: Beneficiaries experiencing access issues

‘How is this acceptable?’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Nearly two years after the implementation of Round 2 of competitive bidding, and with the Round 1 recompete well under way, a whopping 95% of HME providers report they are still seeing beneficiary access issues.

NewsPoll: Providers express optimism, pessimism


YARMOUTH, Maine – Come Nov. 4, HME providers say they will do their civic duty and vote. Whether they expect it to make a difference is another story.

Customers can get coupon crazy, providers say


Provider David Gordon opened a new retail location in October and has been using a 15% discount to get people into the store. But it’s what happens when they come through the door that’s proven challenging, he says.

Provider transitions to employee ownership


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Home Medical Equipment, a provider of custom mobility products, equipment and services, is now 100% owned by its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Give government what it says it wants: No service


Editor’s note: The following letter was in response to a story titled “Subcontracting: Not what it’s cracked up to be,” which appeared in the November issue of HME News.