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Managed care big topic at rehab conference

‘We had 16 speakers from 14 individual MCOs,’ says Sandy Cormier

PLANO, Texas – If you’re an independent rehab provider in a state as big as Texas, you need to get together with your colleagues from across the state, on occasion, to keep from getting overwhelmed.

In brief: Cuts squeeze providers, patients; Drive gets inspired by rehab


WATERLOO, Iowa – Forty percent of the calls it receives through a hotline number are now from patients and caregivers who are being asked to pay out of pocket for their home medical equipment, according to People for Quality Care.

Drive gets inspired by rehab


PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will combine three of its rehab companies into one larger company called Inspired by Drive.

Researchers call for re-evaluating wheelchair policies


PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Recent changes in Medicare reimbursement policy, including competitive bidding, may be contributing to a sharp increase in the number of wheelchair breakdowns, according to a study released this week.

NCART, rehab providers keep an eye on Medicaid


ST. LOUIS - The second NCART National Medicaid Summit is set for Nov. 30-Dec. 1, and Executive Director Don Clayback can't wait to show attendees what he's been up to since last year.

MAMES forms rehab committee


KANSAS CITY - The Midwest Association of Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) will soon be better prepared to help its rehab provider members improve their relationships with Medicaid and other payers.

Briefs: Medicare cuts, debt overwhelm Fuller


Fuller Rehab went bankrupt and sold $6.9 million in assets to Salt Lake City-based Orbit Medical, according to a story published in February in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The company has total debt of $12.5 million, including $3.2 million to Northwest Georgia Bank and $7 million to Pride Mobility Products, the newspaper reported.