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Archive: April 2013


Mobility

Update on PMD demo: Spending drops 50%

April 30, 2013HME News Staff

BALTIMORE - Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) has taken a nosedive ever since CMS implemented a demonstration project that requires providers to submit prior authorization requests before supplying equipment.In an update posted April 23, CMS indicates that spending per month on PMDs in seven demo states fell about 50%, from about $15 million in January 2012 to $7 million in December 2012. In non-demo states, spending also fell, from about $23 million in January 2012 to about $17 million in...

HOme medical equipment, PMD demo, spending, wheelchairs


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CareFusion pays $41M to resolve allegations

April 30, 2013HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO - CareFusion, a manufacturer of home infusion pumps and respiratory products, has reached an agreement in principle to pay $41 million to the government to resolve an investigation related to prior sales and marketing practices and its relationships with healthcare professionals, according to a press release. The company will record the charge in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 to establish a reserve for this amount. In connection with these matters, CareFusion has entered into a...

AssuraMed, Cardinal Health, CareFusion, cpap, hme, home infusion therapy, respiratory supplies


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Quantum Rehab expands western branch

April 30, 2013HME News Staff

EXETER, Pa. - Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Products, is boosting the production capacity, delivery capabilities, parts inventory and staff support for Quantum Western America, according to a press release. Based in Las Vegas, Quantum Western America expects the moves to increase business efficiency and help patients receive mobility products faster, the release noted. Additional personnel will be added in the following weeks to increase service capability. “With efficiency a...

complex rehab, hme, mobility, PMD, pride mobility, quantum rehab, Quantum Western America


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Invacare board members buy shares

April 30, 2013HME News Staff

ELYRIA, Ohio - A trio of Invacare board members bought shares of the company's stock on April 29, according to news reports. Ellen Tauscher and Dale LaPorte each bought 1,000 shares at a cost of $12.30 and $12.24 for $12,297 and $12,240, respectively. William Weber bought 5,000 shares at a cost of $12.15 for $60,750.

hme, Invacare, mobility, PMD, power wheelchair


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Coming soon: HME store in retirement community

April 29, 2013HME News Staff

NAPLES, Fla. - Max-Wellness, a Cleveland-based health and wellness company, will open a Mini-Max store in an upscale retirement community in Naples, Fla., on May 7, according to a press release. The facility will be located on the 37,000 square-foot campus of Moorings Park, which has 700 residents. Product offerings will include mobility devices, braces, supports and other HME, the release noted. Max-Wellness CEO Michael Feuer characterized the store as a “prototype operation”...

Lake Health West Medical Center, Max-Wellness, Michael Feuer, Mini-Max store, Moorings Park


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Numotion offers Active Controls system

April 29, 2013HME News Staff

ROCKY HILL, Conn. - Numotion, the company formed from the merger of ATG Rehab and United Seating and Mobility, now offers a midline mounting system for power wheelchair drive controls from Active Controls, according to a press release. The ReJoy joystick platform allows users to re-position armrest-mounted hand controls in up to three locations on any power wheelchair. The system components are coded for billing purposes as K0108, the release noted.

atg rehab, hme, mobility, Numotion, PMD, power wheelchairs, United Seating and Mobility


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Van Halem Group hires Medicare clinician

April 29, 2013HME News Staff

ATLANTA - The van Halem Group has hired Jane Naig, RN, to serve as a senior clinical consultant, according to a press release. Naig has 30 years of experience in medical investigations, quality assurance and clinical data analysis from her time spent working for Medicare, where she focused on the areas of medical review and program integrity, the release noted. “The current regulatory environment and strict oversight of the industry make the insight of both nurses and auditors critical...

CMS, hme, Jane Naig, Medicare, van Halem Group


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Van Halem Group hires Medicare clinician

April 29, 2013HME News Staff

ATLANTA - The van Halem Group has hired Jane Naig, RN, to serve as a senior clinical consultant, according to a press release. Naig has 30 years of experience in medical investigations, quality assurance and clinical data analysis from her time spent working for Medicare, where she focused on the areas of medical review and program integrity, the release noted. “The current regulatory environment and strict oversight of the industry make the insight of both nurses and auditors critical...

CMS, hme, Jane Naig, Medicare, van Halem Group


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Still scratching my head

April 29, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Against all odds, I found myself temporarily sucked in today by the video of last week's hearing on Medicare and DMEPOS, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill. Now I see what one industry insider, who attended the hearing meant, when I inquired how it went: "Sen. McCaskill is totally uninformed." Now, to be fair, I didn't watch most of the hearing, just a snippet. While I understand (and support) McCaskill's concerns around shady marketing tactics, the snippet I saw showed a lawmaker getting caught in the...

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Vendors

Remember when...Invacare, VGM turned their backs on The Scooter Store?

April 26, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Long before The Scooter Store's management left, the company was raided by the FBI, and it started laying off employees, Invacare and The VGM Group took very public stands against the mobility giant.In 2008, Invacare announced that it would no longer sell power wheelchairs to The Scooter Store, a move that meant giving up $10 million in business a year. Invacare made the move, in part, after The Scooter Store circulated a letter to “a handful of congressional offices”...

Invacare, The Scooter Store, VGM


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