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Archive: September 2020


Vendors

Prime Engineering goes from garage to global company

September 30, 2020Tracy Orzel

FRESNO, Calif. - Prime Engineering, a standing device manufacturer, is celebrating its 36 years in business, which is no small accomplishment considering Mary Boegel started the company out of her and her husband's one-car garage. “We would build one or two (Grandstands) at a time and sell them in Southern California,” said Boegel, president. “Then we would take that money and build five more, put them in the back of a big old van, drive to Northern California and sell those. It...

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Mobility

Ki Mobility software lets ATPs take clients with them

September 30, 2020Tracy Orzel

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - When wheelchair manufacturers create a new product, it's not uncommon for them to give a few samples to get feedback. With Ki Mobility's new Complex Rehab Systems (CRS) platform, they worked directly with National Seating & Mobility's ATP for four years before launching. “In a software product, we need beta testers," said Doug Munsey, president. “We want to know what someone who didn't design it, what they want to do with it, how they want to use it. There's a variety...

ATPs, complex rehab, Ki Mobility


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Specialty Providers

Soleo Direct uses data to keep patients home

September 30, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

FRISCO, Texas - A new program that seeks to get patients started on infusion therapy without a hospital visit is coinciding with an inflection point in health care created by the ongoing pandemic, says Soleo Health CEO Drew Walk.As COVID cases spike in certain markets across the country, hospitals are looking for alternatives to bringing patients in for treatment, he says.“The value of home infusion has been accelerated,” he said. “They now feel more comfortable keeping the patients...

Drew Walk, home infusion, Soleo Health


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Mobility

Policy grant signals 'tide is shifting'

September 30, 2020Tracy Orzel

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh, among others, has received a $2.5 million grant over five years to investigate a new health coverage policy for complex rehab wheelchairs. The University of Pittsburgh Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), UPMC Health Plan, The Ohio State University, University of Michigan and key disability, industry, and policy stakeholders, will be working together on the project. “We...

complex rehab, UPitt


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Mobility

Skill set grows among home health therapists

September 30, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - Occupational and physical therapists working in home health settings are more receptive to accepting referrals for wheelchair evaluations during the public health emergency, says Cathy Carver.“They weren't real open to taking wheelchair referrals for CRT, because their funding model wasn't conducive to the way the payment system was set up, then COVID hit and everyone has been navigating for ways to help, so they began to take wheelchair evaluation referrals,” said Carver,...

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Providers

Scott Markovich is on the hunt for Medicaid savings

September 30, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

HARTFORD, Conn. - With many state Medicaid programs facing increased enrollment but decreased budgets, the timing of CareCentrix's recent expansion into the Medicaid managed care market couldn't be better, says Scott Markovich. “The largest pot of money is Medicaid for most governors,” said Markovich, the company's new general manager of Medicaid. “We are going to see a shifting of funds, as more people tax the system. They will transfer the risk to health plans and that's where...

CareCentrix, medicaid, Scott Markovich


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Also Noted

Adaptive Switch Lab receives RESNA award

September 30, 2020HME News Staff

ELYRIA, Ohio - Adaptive Switch Laboratories, a division of Invacare, has received a RESNA Leadership Award. The award recognizes an agency, company, association or university for its significant contributions to the advancement of the field of assistive technology and rehab engineering. “I am pleased that ASL has been recognized by our peers as a leader in leveraging technology to make meaningful improvements in the lives of those with disabilities,” said Joost Beltman, Invacare's senior...

Adaptive Switch Laboratories, assistive technology, complex rehab, Invacare


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Also Noted

PlayMaker boosts Medicare Advantage referrals

September 30, 2020HME News Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - PlayMaker Health has launched new Medicare Advantage Data Sets with Physician and Payer Insights solution. Users now have the ability to grow their MA referral revenue, evaluate existing referral potential and increase their market share, the company says. “As Medicare Advantage quickly gains momentum, plans are actively pursuing the partners that rely on data to deliver service in their respective market,” said Gregg Boyle, CEO. “Full visibility into the MA data...

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Also Noted

EZ-Access opens up commercial market for providers

September 30, 2020HME News Staff

ALGONA, Wash. - EZ -Access has released a commercial-grade ramp system exclusively for DME providers. The Pathway HD Code Compliant Modular Access System meets compliance standards set by the ADA, IBC and other local codes, and is appropriate for schools, businesses, hospitals, libraries, museums, churches, polling places and other public establishments, the company says. “You asked and we answered,” said Don Everard, CEO and co-owner of EZ -Access. “By providing this system, our...

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Editorial

The new reality of patient-as-payer

September 29, 2020Guest Commentary

In theory, health care consumerism is a straight-forward idea: Shifting costs to consumers, typically in the form of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), gives them an incentive to make informed decisions about the health care services they purchase. In practice, consumerism represents a significant challenge to providers' bottom lines. A recent report reveals that for 74% of providers, patient collections take over a month. Further, 66% of providers said patient receivables are a primary revenue...

Availity, DJO Healthcare Solutions, health care consumerism


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