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Archive: August 2018


Vendors

Philips to drop UltraFill

August 31, 2018Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - Philips plans to discontinue its UltraFill Home Oxygen System, in another nod by the company to portable oxygen concentrators as the preferred form of therapy.Philips has confirmed that it will stop selling the system, which includes a stationary oxygen concentrator, a filling station and high-capacity 3,000 PSI cylinders, by the end of this year.“With the evolution of the oxygen marketplace, customer demand has shifted to portable oxygen concentrators as the primary choice...

home oxygen equipment, Philips, POC, UltraFill


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Providers

Aeroflow expands to Northeast

August 31, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Aeroflow Healthcare has added Connecticut to its footprint, with its recent acquisition of the CPAP and resupply business of Med-Caire in Vernon.Aeroflow will now serve resupply patients in that state, as well as the Carolinas.“We are very attracted to Connecticut's higher reimbursement rates,” said Andrew Amoth, corporate development manager. “There's a healthy mix of strong reimbursements from all payers in the state compared to other states. This is a great...

Aeroflow Healthcare, cpap, Med-Caire, resupply


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Providers

IVS ready to promote VOCSN

August 31, 2018Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

NORWOOD, Mass. - The people behind the new company Integrated Vent Solutions say multi-function ventilator technology is a game changer.IVS will serve as the exclusive distributor of the VOCSN, a portable device that combines a ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction and nebulizer into one unified system,in New England.“The VOCSN is probably the most exciting development in the ventilator space in 20 years,” said Eric Mongeau, managing director of IVS.The VOCSN, manufactured...

Integrated Vent Solutions, multi-function ventilator, reliable respiratory, VOCSN


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Mobility

Fellow fighters wanted

August 31, 2018Liz Beaulieu, Editor

NEW YORK - Gerry Dickerson has held nearly every other position on the NRRTS executive committee, but this month, he was finally named president-elect.Here's what Dickerson, an ATP and CRTS who works for National Seating & Mobility, had to say about the challenges and opportunities in the complex rehab industry.HME News: The story goes you've had a hand in complex rehab since you were a teenager. At 13, you were constantly tinkering with an uncle's Colson wheelchair, at one point adding pneumatic...

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News

In brief: GAO reports on bid program, Lifeway Mobility receives investment

August 31, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The average reduction in payment rates in non-competitive bidding areas for five DME items with the highest expenditures in 2016 was 46%, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.In its review of the effects of reduced payment rates in non-bid areas, the GAO also found that: the number of suppliers furnishing rate-adjusted items in non-bid areas in 2016 decreased 8% compared to 2015; and beneficiary utilization of rate-adjusted items in non-bid areas in...

bonafide, Bridge Connector, Inogen, Lifeway Mobility, mk battery, sunrise medical


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Also Noted

Bonafide launches 'Amazon-style' shopping portal

August 30, 2018HME News Staff

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Bonafide Management Systems has launched its Facility Portal, an online shopping portal to allow HME providers to sell to healthcare facilities. The portal is directly linked to back-office billing operations, inventory and delivery systems, according to a press release. The “Amazon-style” shopping experience allows healthcare facility nurses to create patient profiles, place rental and sale orders, suggest patient-specific items based on a clinical algorithm,...

bonafide, online shopping, software


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Short takes: MK Battery, ResMed, Invacare

August 30, 2018HME News Staff

In conjunction with NRRTS, MK Battery has received approval for a 0.1 CEU course titled “Battery Technologies.” The one-hour course provides in-depth instruction on the proper selection, installation, care and maintenance of batteries used in power mobility equipment, and is geared toward technicians, ATPs and others who cater to the HME/mobility market. To schedule a course: [email protected]ÖResMed has upgraded its Astral life support ventilators to include optional AutoEPAP in iVAPS...

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Mobility

Lifeway Mobility targets growth through investment

August 30, 2018HME News Staff

HARTFORD, Conn. - Lifeway Mobility, an accessibility solutions company started by former Numotion CEO Paul Bergantino, has received a “major investment” from Cleveland-based Rockwood Equity Partners.As part of the transaction, Rockwood will provide additional capital and resources to enable Lifeway Mobility to accelerate its plans to become the leading provider of accessibility and safety solutions for people with mobility challenges and those wishing to age in place, according to a press...

accessibility, investment, Lifeway Mobility, M&A, private equity


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On the Editor's Desk

Swapping growth for change

August 29, 2018Liz Beaulieu, Editor

This probably says it all: In this year's State of the Industry Report, for our data on Medicare utilization for 2017, we decided to change the name of the column “2017 Growth” to “2017 Change.” Why? Because for several years now, the allowed charges for the majority of codes have been decreasing year over year, not increasing. Take CPAP devices. There is an increasing, not decreasing, number of people who are being diagnosed and treated for obstructive sleep apnea, right,...

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New vent provider launches

August 29, 2018HME News Staff

NORWOOD, Mass. - Integrated Vent Solutions has launched to serve as the sole distributor of the VOCSN in New England. The VOCSN is a portable device from Ventec Life Systems that combines a ventilator, oxygen concentrator, cough assist, suction and nebulizer into one unified system. “Patients need, and deserve, medical devices that improve their health and make their lives easier,” said Eric Mongeau, IVS managing director, in a press release. We are proud to provide our patients with...

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