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Road trip: Provider drives 16 hours to pick up a patient

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. - Jim Goldman received an unusual request in early December: How would you like to drive eight hours to Odessa, Texas, pick up an oxygen patient at the local hospital and drive him back to his home in Lake Havasu? “I wasn't going to do it,” said Goldman, who owns Havasu Medical. “They said it was going to be eight hours each way, but I looked it up on maps.com and found out it was going to be 16 hours one way.” Then he remembered why he got into the business:...

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Dave Kazynski provides VGM ‘link’ to PAOC

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

Dave Kazynski Dave Kazynski's career has gone from repairing wheelchairs to hospital CFO to president of VGM's national managed care network. Now he's applying what he's learned to the Program Advisory and Oversight Committee, which he's been a member of since it started as a competitive bidding think tank in September 2004. “I have a different perspective than others on the committee, and I think I can share that with the group,” said the president of VGM's Homelink division, a title...

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Briefs

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

Roscoe Medical enters mobility market STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Distributor Roscoe Medical entered the mobility market last month with the addition of a new line of manual wheelchair replacement parts and accessories. “The addition of wheelchair replacement parts is a perfect complement to our existing replacement parts lines, and is something that our customers have been asking us to provide for quite some time,” said Rochelle Thuener, Roscoe Medical's president and owner. Rosoce Medical's...

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Medicaid miasma

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Don't be surprised if state law enforcement agencies kick their healthcare fraud units into high gear as a way to help control Medicaid's ballooning expenditures, say industry watchers. “I think it is something you are going to see a lot of,” said healthcare attorney Asela Cuervo. “It is a very hot issue because Medicaid programs are all in distress.” “It's a growing phenomenon,” added Jeff Baird, a healthcare attorney with Brown & Fortunato in Amarillo,...

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Before infancy

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

Editor, HME News Editor's note: Jim Sullivan is traveling in Vietnam, visiting family, for two months this winter. This month and next he will file reports on home medical equipment issues in Vietnam. HUE, Vietnam - After nearly three weeks here in Hue, the old imperial capital of Vietnam, I've seen just one wheelchair as we know them. It was a Quickie 2, and its user was a middle-aged woman on her way to the market. She carried a conical hat wedged between her legs and the footplate, and a bag...

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Total O2 sales triple

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

CHATSWORTH, Calif. - Sales of Chad Therapeutics Total O2 Delivery system tripled in the third quarter of the company's fiscal year, and the company expects to gain more traction in the market from a significant, new customer that's begun an advertising campaign. The boost from Total O2 sales helped to propel Chad's third quarter revenues by 23% to $6.4 million. Profits jumped by 21% to $505,000. The company also reports that saleso of its Sage therapeutic device, a conserver that automatically switches...

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Medtrade Spring: MMA all day, every day

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

LAS VEGAS - This year's Medtrade Spring runs April 5-7 and besides 450 exhibitors populating the main hall, the show will feature MMA all day, every day. Of the 70 educational sessions, many will offer providers insights into the Medicare changes that are set to take shape over the coming years. “There's a clear focus on accreditation, which is what people are talking about because it's coming up first,” said Medtrade Spring spokesperson Denise McClinton. “The cost is huge to get...

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Mergers & aquisitions

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

ANDOVER, Ohio - While Lincare, Apria, Air Products and other big players seem to hog all the news about mergers and acquisitions, they're not the only ones make deals. Rick Glass Plenty of mid-size companies, taking a page out of the big boys' play book, intend to grow through Medicare reimbursement cuts in part by adding business via acquisitions. Take Seeley Medical in Andover, Ohio. The $12-million company acquired Affordable Home Medical in Wadsworth, Ohio, five months ago and has a couple...

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Cash business: Now there’s a ‘romantic’ HME idea

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - When discussing his new business venture recently, Dave Mills used several words not often associated with durable medical equipment: romantic, luxurious and grandiose. For example, about his foray into ramps, elevators, stair glides and minor home modifications, the co-owner of First Choice in Homecare said: “The idea of building a secondary cash business based only on your ability to do the job is a very romantic idea.” Spoken like a man on intimate terms with the...

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Scooter Store sues over disputed claims

February 28, 2005HME News Staff

SAN ANTONIO - The Scooter Store sued CMS in federal district court in late January, claiming the government has illegally withheld reimbursement for 101 power wheelchairs and scooters provided between 2000 and 2003. The Scooter Store's case revolves around the belief that Medicare must pay claims based solely on information provided in the certificate of medical necessity. CMS and the DMERCs have no legal authority to request medical documentation beyond the CMN during the claims review process,...

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