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Archive: May 2019


News

In brief: Crunch time for non-invasive vents, with sign-on letter approaching deadline and patient organizations weighing in

May 31, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The deadline for a sign-on letter in the House of Representatives that asks CMS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding could be as early as June 5, AAHomecare reports.“It's critical that we make a concerted effort over the next few days to ask House members to join the letter,” the association stated in a bulletin.AAHomecare asks that stakeholders contact their representatives by phone or email to ask them to sign on to the letter, spearheaded by...

AAHomecare, Aeroflow, Community Pharmacy, Non-invasive vents, Round 2021


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Also Noted

AirAvant Medical shares research findings

May 31, 2019HME News Staff

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - AirAvant Medical will share research findings on the efficacy and safety of its Bongo Rx at the SLEEP 2019 conference, June 8-12 in San Antonio. “Long-term CPAP compliance continues to range from 30% to 70%, but we believe the Bongo Rx can help level the playing field for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea,” said Ron Richard, co-founder and director. “Not only can this product work for non-compliant patients, it can be a great supplemental option for...

AirAvant Medical, Bongo Rx, CPAP Alternative


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Mobility

Repair report: How to connect colleges, state programs to build base of repair techs

May 31, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

PORTLAND, Ore. - As a leading advocate of the repair industry, Matthew Macpherson, ATP, is pleased that tech training and certification had an even bigger presence at the International Seating Symposium this year. But ISS, March 20-22 in Pittsburgh, is only one of many pieces that Macpherson is trying to put in place to advance the tech profession. Macpherson, director of FIOS DME Repair Training and a member of the executive oversight board of directors of The DMERT Group, which certifies repair...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), International Seating Symposium (ISS), Repair


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News

Crunch time for non-invasive vents

May 31, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The deadline for a sign-on letter in the House of Represenatives that asks CMS to drop non-invasive vents from Round 2021 of competitive bidding could be as early as June 5, AAHomecare reports.“It's critical that we make a concerted effort over the next few days to ask House members to joine the letter,” the association stated in a bulletin.AAHomecare asks that stakehoders contant their representatives by phone or email to ask them to sign on to the letter, spearheaded by...

Competitive Bidding, Non-invasive vents


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Vendors

PECO Medical drops out

May 31, 2019Liz Beaulieu, Editor

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - PECO Medical is exiting the urology market, according to a letter to its customers.“After an extensive review of the market and our prospects for future success, we made the difficult decision to exist the urology business effective June 1, 2019,” wrote Greg Bosco, president of Genairex and Peco Medical, in the letter. “We plan to continue to ship urological products and support our customers through the end of May.”Genairex, better known as Securi-T,...

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Smart Talk

CBD: Consider quality, transparency

May 31, 2019Andrew Amoth

A. HME providers see patients daily that currently use or may benefit from hemp products. These types of suppliers are proving to be a valuable resource to the patients they serve. In an environment containing a wide variety of options, these types of customers rely on their trusted healthcare providers in selecting the solution that best fits their needs. Quality, concentration, and transparency are among the key considerations when selecting a hemp brand with which to align. Passing of the 2018...

CBD, Green River Botanicals


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Smart Talk

E-prescribing: Eliminate guessing

May 31, 2019David Gelbard

A. In 2019, consumers have never had more transparency and efficiency when ordering items in their everyday lives. You know when those shoes you ordered on Amazon will be delivered, when the Uber driver will pick you up, and you'll get an alert from Delta if your flight is delayed. But for some reason, a patient isn't given the same basic level of transparency for the equipment they desperately need, in today's healthcare world.Currently, most caregivers still order medical equipment for patients...

David Gelbard, e-prescribing, Parachute Health


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Business Development

Are POCs becoming modality of choice?

May 31, 2019John Andrews

Driven by growing consumer demand, portable oxygen concentrators are becoming more mainstream in the HME industry. And not only are the devices becoming the preferred modality for consumers, they are also being increasingly embraced by physicians and other respiratory clinicians, oxygen market observers say.There are various reasons for the burgeoning growth, but the dominant force seems to be high consumer demand. Patients want these units, said Frank Lazzaro, director of global product management...

3B Medical, CAIRE, Gas Control Equipment, Oxygen Therapy, Philips, POCs


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Providers

Medical Xpress to launch 'store within a store' for CBD

May 31, 2019Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

DALLAS - HME provider Medical Xpress stands ready to launch its new CBD division, CBD Xpress, as soon as the ink is dry on a new law.Texas lawmakers recently passed a bill that would legalize hemp and hemp-derived extracts, like CBD oil, and Gov. Greg Abbott is widely expected to sign it into law.“This is the next progressive step,” said Greg McGough, director of retail operations. “We've been working on this for close to a year. There's a lot of bad information out there and a...

CBD, CBD Xpress, Medical Xpress


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Also Noted

RESNA accredits first group of universities

May 31, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Three universities have now earned accreditation with RESNA for their assistive technology and rehab engineering programs: University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Pittsburgh and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. RESNA launched its accreditation program, in conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Education Programs, last year. Graduates of these accredited programs are ready for employment and prepared for assuming the role of assistive technology professional...

Accreditation, Assistive Technology, Complex Rehab, RESNA


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