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In brief: KCI sells to 3M, senators introduce accessories bill


SAN ANTONIO and NEW YORK – A consortium of funds led by Apax Partners has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries worldwide to 3M for about $6.725 billion.

People news: James Russell, Ashley Plauché, David Chandler


AAHomecare’s board of directors has appointed James Russell, vice president and owner of URS Medical, to fill a vacant seat created by the departure of Randy Carson.

Barb Stockert to receive advocate award


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has named Barb Stockert as the recipient of the 2019 AAHomecare/Mal Mixon Legislative Advocate Award.

David Chandler on MCOs: ‘We need to transform school of thought’


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare will grow its payer relations team in April to include David Chandler as its director of payer relations.

Stakeholders take ‘proactive’ approach to CRT recognition


WASHINGTON – Ongoing efforts to get Medicaid programs across the country to recognize complex rehab technology got a boost last month when AAHomecare announced it had contracted with Bridge Public Affairs.

Tenn. CRT bill heads to governor’s desk


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Legislature has enacted legislation to create a “separate benefit” category for complex rehab technology.

Stakeholders work to line up legislation


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is working to get a bill to provide additional relief from Medicare’s competitive bidding program introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate in time for the Washington Legislative Conference in May.

In brief: US joins lawsuit against Arriva, SMRC targets PAP supplies


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Justice Department has joined in a lawsuit that alleges Arriva Medical offered Medicare beneficiaries “free upgrades” of glucometers.

People: Board appointments, new hire, new chair


AAHomecare has appointed three new members to its board of directors: Michelle Templin, vice president of legislative affairs and business development for Managed Health Care Associates; Jeff Bowman, vice president of home medical equipme

AAH’s Retail Work Group: ‘Sky’s the limit’


ARLINGTON, Va. – AAHomecare’s Retail Work Group has diversified significantly since it first launched to help mobility providers add cash sales to their businesses.