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Archive: March 2015


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Stratice Healthcare partners with MED

March 31, 2015HME News Staff

CARMEL, Ind. - Stratice Healthcare has formed a strategic partnership with The MED Group, giving the company access to a network of more than 2,000 providers. “Through our collaboration with The MED Group, we are well positioned to scale our electronic prescribing platform to all major markets,” stated John Brady, CEO and co-founder of Stratice Healthcare. Stratice Healthcare is a health information technology company and developer of eDMEplus, an electronic prescribing platform that...

Electronic Health Records, Stratice Healthcare, The MED Group


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Brightree, Apacheta launch mobile solution

March 31, 2015HME News Staff

ATLANTA - Brightree and Apacheta have launched an integrated mobile delivery management solution to HME providers. Apacheta's solution integrates with Brightree, allowing providers to decrease costs, reduce paper, optimize productivity, track deliveries and assets, accelerate time to revenue for claims, and improve patient outcomes, according to a press release. “The Apacheta and Brightree mobile delivery management solution addresses our need to eliminate paper and optimize our logistics operations...

Brightree, Mobile solution, technology


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AAH gets increased commitment from VGM

March 31, 2015HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has welcomed The VGM Group as a bronze level corporate partner. "We look forward to working more closely with AAHomecare, especially on the legislative front,” stated Van Miller, founder and CEO of The VGM Group, in a press release. “In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that the interests of the entire industry are protected." AAHomecare now has 13 companies in its corporate partner program: Apria Healthcare, Brightree, Byram Healthcare,...

aahomecare, Corporate Partner Program, VGM


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Mobility

Hasco reports double-digit growth

March 31, 2015HME News Staff

ADDISON, Texas - Hasco Medical, a provider of wheelchair accessible vehicles, reported net revenues of $91 million for 2014, a 24.8% increase compared to 2013.It reported net income of $2.1 million, a 160% increase.“Our team continues its excellent execution by driving sales in our wheelchair vehicle sales and services business,” stated CEO Hal Compton in a press release. “These results are a testament to the increasing success of our brands and the successful delivery of our growth...

Earnings, Hasco Medical, wheelchair accessible vehicles


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E-SP

Please tell me there's room at the inn

March 30, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

One thing about a flight to Vegas: there's a lot of men wearing gold chains on the plane. Not on the first leg of the flight, from Portland, but from our Detroit connection. Real Mainers aren't flashy. They are however, quite pasty at this time of year. Following a day of uneventful travel, we arrived at our hotel, you know the one, it looks like a giant pyramid and sphinx, only to find the hotel couldn't find any of our reservations. That's got to be right up there with cancelled flights and lost...

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Short takes: CCS Medical, HOMES

March 27, 2015HME News Staff

CCS Medical has named Rodney Carson president and CEO. He joins the company from MDLIVE, the nation's second largest telehealth company, where he was president of operations. He also spent time as president of Liberty Medical's mail-order pharmacy business...The Home Medical Equipment Services Association of New England will present the April Mason Home Care Advocacy Award to Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., at the Northeast Post-Acute Care Symposium, May 11-13 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn....

CCS Medical, HOMES, People news


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News

Stakeholders 'optimistic' on binding bids

March 27, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Industry stakeholders claimed another victory last week when the House of Representatives passed a permanent “doc fix” bill that contained binding bids language.“Lawmakers wanted to be sure H.R. 284 gets passed into law,” said Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president of government relations for Invacare. “Assuming the Senate passes the 'doc fix,' the binding bids bill will pass.”Previously, the House on March 16 voted unanimously to pass H.R. 284,...

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Specialty Providers

O&P bill tackles accreditation, audit issues

March 27, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate introduced bills last week that seek to apply accreditation and licensure requirements to O&P providers who bill Medicare.About one-third of O&P providers aren't accredited, says Tom Fise, executive director of the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association, which supports the bills.“Having bills introduced by members of both the House Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees is a good marker, in my mind (of the strength...

AOPA, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Tom Fise


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Mobility

Complex rehab accessories: Lawmakers extend deadline for 'Dear Colleague' letter

March 27, 2015Tracy Orzel

WASHINGTON - Members of the House of Representatives will now have until April 15 to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter asking CMS not to apply competitive bid pricing to complex rehab wheelchair accessories.So far, 27 representatives have signed the letter, authored by six representatives on the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees.“It's been a pretty hectic week on the Hill with budget issues and the 'doc-fix' bill,” explained Cara Bachenheimer, senior vice president...

CRT Accessories, NCART


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Vendors

Permobil completes 'main strategy'

March 27, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

LEBANON, Tenn. - Permobil plans to use its acquisition of The ROHO Group as a launching pad to become more of an outcomes-based company.Belleville, Ill.-based ROHO has been working with Dr. Amit Gefen at Tel Aviv University in Israel, for example, to study the efficacy of its air-cell based cushions vs. foam cushions on pressure ulcers.“As you make a product and hand it over to the user, you hope it works properly, but we want to show and prove that it works properly,” said Larry Jackson,...

Permobil, ROHO Group


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