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Short takes: BioScrip, Paragon Ventures, Stratice Healthcare, Invacare


BioScrip is now dispensing and administering Radicava, the first treatment option for ALS approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than 20 years…Paragon Ventures, a healthcare M&A firm, has launched

Urgency peaks for bid relief

In play: interim final rule, access survey, legislation

WASHINGTON – A sign-on letter that quickly collected 104 signatures last week buoyed spirits, but there’s still no clear indication of when the industry will see the release of an interim final rule related to the competitive bidding program.

Manufacturers meet consumers online

‘This is a way for us to interact and to better understand’

YARMOUTH, Maine – Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare and Invacare have joined the growing ranks of HME manufacturers that have launched online communities for consumers.

24-Hour Care: Look to today, tomorrow, the future

Q. What is the future of 24-hour care?

A. We have learned the importance of completing a comprehensive assessment of needs and choosing the right mix of products. It was not long ago that we discovered the power of connectivity and the ability to access information on demand on our phones.

Invacare adds to board, declares quarterly dividend


ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare has appointed Barbara Bodem to its board of directors, the company announced Aug. 21. Bodem has served as senior vice president of finance for Mallinckrodt, a global specialty pharmaceutical company, since October 2015.

Invacare: Conservative short-term, bullish long-term

‘We want to end the year sequentially flat’

ELYRIA, Ohio – Despite the excitement surrounding its recent clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to resume full operations at its Taylor Street manufacturing facility, Invacare CEO Matt Monaghan told investors Aug. 8 that the company is still trying to “report some conservatism.”

Invacare looks to stabilize in second half of 2017


ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare reported $233.5 million in net sales for the second quarter of this year compared to $275 million for the same period last year, a 15.1% decrease.

24-Hour Care: Assess need-want and environment

Q. How do I assess and implement 24-hour care into my business?

A. An important part of 24-hour care is successful implementation, with the goal of improving function, activity, participation and quality of life for the individual.

Invacare: Ready to earn back your business

Limitations on making and selling products comes to end after nearly five years

ELYRIA, Ohio ­– Invacare looks forward to re-introducing providers to a “different company” now that it has the green light to resume full operations at its corporate headquarters and Taylor Street facilities.

In brief: Temporary payment for home infusion passes House, Stratice partners with athenahealth


WASHINGTON – A bill that reforms several Medicare benefits, including home infusion and O&P, sailed through the House of Representatives last week.