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Archive: February 2012


Providers

Home Health Depot adds 14th branch

February 29, 2012HME News Staff

INDIANAPOLIS - Home Health Depot expanded its reach in northeast Indiana, opening a new branch in Fort Wayne, the provider announced Feb. 28. The provider now has 14 branches—seven in the state, along with Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. "As a result of our Fort Wayne expansion, we are proud to be able to serve more Hoosiers in Northeast Indiana," stated Nathan Feltman, president of Home Health Depot, in a release.  "We believe our focus on offering a one-stop shop, full continuum of care...

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E-SP

Tough act to swallow

February 28, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

It's only fair that I follow up my earlier Paula Deen blogs with an update. According to this story, the Queen of Butter has dropped two sizes, which she attributes to walking 30 minutes a day and cutting her portion sizes in half (yikes, how big were they?). What I like about this is that she made some lifestyle choices to get healthier, rather than relying solely on medication for her blood sugar (I use insulin, so can't speak to how some of those Type 2 meds work). Its one of my biggest pet peeves...

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Vendors

Product design and marketing unite

February 28, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MUNDELEIN, Ill. - Rich Derks, the new president of Medline's DME Division is the total package: He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and an MBA in marketing. “Usually you have an engineer who knows nothing about how products are sold, or a marketer who knows nothing about how products are built,” he said. Here's what Derks had to say about how he plans to use this experience to make Medline a stronger company for DME providers. HME News: Medline also sells DME to hospitals and...

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Medtrade West

Medtrade Spring embraces West Coast 'vibe'

February 27, 2012John Andrews

LAS VEGAS - Medtrade Spring doesn't aspire to be Medtrade "Fall." It is smaller, shorter and more relaxed than Nielsen's flagship expo in Atlanta. Yet Medtrade Spring has unique attributes that allow it to stand on its own, says Group Show Director Kevin Gaffney. Slated for April 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Medtrade Spring incorporates many of the same elements that make the Medtrade brand popular, while offering some different aspects that attendees should find appealing, he...

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Medtrade West

Bid education shift to Round 2 aftermath

February 27, 2012John Andrews

Unlike previous competitive bidding educational programs, the Medtrade Spring 2012 conference will focus on the aftermath of Round 2. Still, the Medtrade Educational Advisory Committee has put together a solid program on competitive bidding for attendees even though the focus has shifted, said Group Show Director Kevin Gaffney. "We feel it will be as big an issue as ever if not more so," he said. "Even with bids due by March 30, we would expect there to still be lots of questions and concerns and...

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Business Development

Bariatrics shows no signs of slowing down

February 27, 2012John Andrews

Obesity has been a health problem in the United States for quite some time and statistics show that it's only getting worse. That has created a growing need for a bariatric-sized medical equipment market--a category that has been gaining weight in the HME industry for a number of years. Jean Sayre, director of clinical education for Bozeman, Mont.-based The Comfort Company, says obesity, while prevalent, is still not getting the attention it should by the public. "It is more of an epidemic than...

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Vendors

ResMed spends big on R&D

February 27, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

SAN DIEGO - ResMed in January reported $332.7 million in revenue for the second quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011, a 9% increase compared to the same quarter in 2010. It reported a net income of $62.9 million, an 8% increase. Also of note in the company's earnings: ResMed reported research and development expenditures of $27.2 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, a 24% increase compared to the same period in 2010. That raised some eyebrows in the investor community. During a conference call to discuss...

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On the Editor's Desk

O2ool, Branch Out Cider and Shark Tank

February 24, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Ahhhh, when I was much younger and writing my "Wheels in Motion" blog about all things mobility, I'd often post something fun on Fridays. You know, something about a wheelchair that could be controlled with your eyes. Now that I'm older and writing this "On the Editor's Desk" blog, I feel like I've been writing about more mature topics, like competitive bidding and FDA negotiations and layoffs. (There's an occasional anomaly, like this "rock star" post on the HME Excellence Awards.) But Managing...

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Mobility

Prior authorizations will ease pressure, CMS says

February 24, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

WASHINGTON - CMS answered a few key questions about the PMD demonstration project during a Special Open Door Forum last week. Among the most important: Will the required prior authorizations help protect providers against post-payment reviews? CMS officials said they should, at least with MAC and RAC audits on medical necessity and other elements included in the prior authorizations. But "there could be other requirements that are not reviewed during the prior authorization process, like the home...

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News

Competitive bidding: Petition aims for 'real change'

February 24, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Why didn't someone think of this sooner? A petition to stop competitive bidding has picked up nearly 8,000 signatures in two weeks. National Sleep Therapy (NST) launched the petition on change.org to get beneficiaries and caregivers to speak up about the dreaded program. "I've always thought real change needs to happen at the patient/voter/constituent level," said Peter Falkson, CEO and cofounder of NST. "If we could get all the patients involved--the people that actually get...

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