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Swedish investor buys Permobil


STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Permobil, a manufacturer of high-end power wheelchairs, has been acquired by Investor AB, a Swedish investment firm, according to multiple reports.

Manufacturers get their Facebook on


If you’re still undecided about Facebook, these wheelchair manufacturers, who all have a vibrant presence on the social networking site, could help you make up your mind.

Permobil finds itself


LEBANON, Tenn. – Permobil has a new, stripped-down corporate logo.

Provider helps bring wheelchairs out of the doghouse


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

In brief: Stakeholders organize, OIG investigates


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders last week submitted comments to CMS outlining concerns with a recent wave of claims against surety bonds—some triggered by overpayments as low as $16. The stakeholder, which include the Wayne van Halem Group, U.S.

All shiny and new


PERMOBIL RECENTLY MOVED ITS NORTH AMERICAN headquarters into a new 120,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon, Tenn. In addition to innovations that make the company more efficient, the new location incorporates a variety of green-building technologies that help conserve energy and reduce overall operating costs. These features include low-flow fixtures, 90 skylights, LED efficiency lighting and a recycling program that processes five tons of cardboard annually.

Standing up for beneficiaries


Right now, Medicare has HCPCS codes for power and manual standing systems (E2301 and E2320, respectively) but no reimbursement. The reason, according to the agency: The systems, which add anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to a wheelchair's price tag, aren't medically necessary.