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Medtrade preview: Embrace robust online and social media presence

By John Andrews, Contributing Editor

ATLANTA – As the HME industry shifts from being primarily government contractors to private sector business establishments, HME companies need to use every tool necessary to reach consumers.

Executive changes at VGM


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has named Jeremy Kauten CIO and senior vice president of information technology. Previously, Kauten was president of VGM Forbin. He has been with the company since 1999, when VGM acquired Forbin.

VGM creates state licensure kit


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has created a “tool box” on its website for those looking to push DME state licensure reform.

At Heartland, providers learn about game changers


WATERLOO, Iowa – Reimbursement may be shrinking, but the HME industry is standing on the cusp of explosive growth, The VGM Group’s Mike Mallaro told attendees at the Heartland Conference last week.

In brief: VGM and van Halem merge, Pride and Navitas partner


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group and The van Halem Group have merged, allowing the member services organization to offer “an array of mission-critical professional services” related to audits.

VGM earns honor


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has been named the 2014 Iowa-Nebraska Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Company of the Year by the ESOP Association.

You aren't dead, neither is your biz


In 1958, Thurma Sobczyk and her husband Dan built their home in a working class neighborhood in Omaha, Neb. Dan was a plumber and did much of the work himself.

VGM offers ‘Survivor’ seminars


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group hopes to help HME providers adapt and thrive with a set of “Survivor” seminars running Oct. 1 through Dec. 3 in several cities across the country, the company announced Sept. 26.

In brief: ResMed claims victory, AAH builds war chest


SAN DIEGO – ResMed announced July 18 that an investigation by the U.S. government has resulted in a recommendation that the International Trade Commission (ITC) stop Taiwanese manufacturer APEX Medical from importing and selling infringing products.

VGM Group inks agreement with Benefits365


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group has signed an agreement with Benefits365, a company that helps HME providers convert beneficiaries to Medicare Advantage plans, according to a press release.