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U.S. Rehab promotes Packer


WATERLOO, Iowa – U.S. Rehab, The VGM Group’s alliance for complex rehab providers, has promoted Greg Packer to president, according to a press release.

Members of Congress sign AOPA letter


WASHINGTON – Thirty-five members of Congress—19 Democrats, 16 Republicans—agreed to sign a letter presented to them by members of American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) regarding CMS audit procedures, according to an article form

Change is messy, but it's unstoppable


Blockbuster Video got outflanked by competitors who found a way to give customers cheaper, more convenient movie rentals. Reading is thriving, yet bookseller Borders died after narrowly defining its business as physical books sold from stores. 

Time to 'rattle cages' on MPP


WASHINGTON – The elections may not have gone the way some HME stakeholders wanted, but there’s a silver lining for a bill to replace competitive bidding with a market-pricing program (MPP).

VGM helps providers position themselves as ‘solution’


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, at Medtrade next week, will launch the Outcomes Plus Wellness Network, a program designed to put HME providers on solid footing in a world of ACOs and other healthcare reform initiatives.

U.S. Rehab rolls out ATP master program


WATERLOO, Iowa – U.S. Rehab, the complex rehab division of The VGM Group, plans to introduce an ATP master program to prepare students for RESNA’s Assistive Technology Professional exam in the next year.

Speaker spotlight: Get it right the first time


Saying “no” to patients and referral sources isn’t easy, but it’s what power mobility providers need to do more of, says VGM’s Peggy Walker, who will educate providers on proper prior authorization paperwork at Medtrade.

'Greater service, greater buy-in'


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Provider Joel Segar says a pilot program that he’s participating in has reduced hospital readmission rates—and increased home medical equipment compliance.

Stakeholders: Press the flesh on MPP


WASHINGTON – With Congress on break for five weeks and elections looming in November, it’s the perfect time to reach out to lawmakers about the market-pricing program (MPP), industry stakeholders say.

Competitive bidding: ‘We’re in a bog waiting for that score’

By Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – There's still no word on a score for the HME industry's market-pricing program (MPP) but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) appears to be working on it, stakeholders say.