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Amazon ‘tackling sleep head on’ 

October 3, 2022HME News Staff

SEATTLE – Amazon has introduced Halo Rise, a multi-purpose bedside tracker to help users sleep.  The device uses built-in sensor technology to provide accurate insights and personalized sleep analysis, the company says.  “Quality sleep is an incredibly important factor in our overall health and well-being,” said Melissa Cha, vice president of Amazon Smart Home and Health. “In today’s busy world, getting more and better sleep is one of the areas...

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OPGA names Woman of the Year 

October 3, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – Nina Bondre, an education specialist with Ottobock Healthcare, was named the 2022 O&P Woman of the Year at the Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America’s booth at the AOPA National Assembly on Sept. 29. Bondre was honored for, among other things, co-forming a Diversity Council at Ottobock. She also started a mentorship program and led an Inclusion Workshop for the company’s North America executive team. The O&P Woman of the Year Award is presented to someone who...

Nina Bondre, O&P Woman of the Year, Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America, Ottobock Healthcare


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It’s official: Roy Jakobs to lead Philips 

October 3, 2022HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM – Royal Philips has announced that its shareholders on Sept. 30 appointed Roy Jakobs as the company’s next president and CEO effective Oct. 15, 2022. He succeeds Frans van Houten. “I am honored to be appointed as the next CEO of Philips, and together with our Philips colleagues continue to help improve people’s health and well-being with meaningful innovations,“ Jakobs said. “Philips is a unique company with a strong brand, more than 130 years of innovation...

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NCPA Digest analyzes indie pharmacy market 

October 3, 2022HME News Staff

KANSAS CITY – National community pharmacies represented 34% of all retail pharmacies in the United States and a $78.5 billion marketplace, according to the 2022 NCPA Digest, sponsored by Cardinal Health. The digest identifies the wide variety of services offered by community pharmacies last year: 89% flu immunizations; 80% medical therapy management; 77% non-flu immunizations; 59% blood pressure monitoring; 55% compounding; and 48% long-term care services. Other highlights from the digest include...

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NCPA honors indie pharmacists 

October 3, 2022HME News Staff

KANSAS CITY – The National Community Pharmacists Association announced a number of award winners at its 124th Annual Convention on Oct. 2 in Kansas City, including Khanh-Long (Ken) Thai, PharmD, owner and operator of 986 Degrees Corp., as the 2022 NCPA Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year. 986 Degrees is a pharmacy franchise that serves as a platform for pharmacists to become independent pharmacy owners. The award has been sponsored for the past 14 years by Upsher-Smith Laboratories....

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Kelly Grahovac

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Stakeholders gear up for NSC transition

September 30, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – It should be business as usual for providers when CMS winds down the National Supplier Clearinghouse on Nov. 6, but industry stakeholders caution a wait-and-see approach.  Agency officials announced during a Sept. 21 Open Door Forum that it’s transitioning from the NSC to two National Provider Enrollment Contractors: Palmetto GBA, for the western half of the country (NPEC West) and Novitas for the eastern half (NPEC East).   While stakeholders are familiar...

National Supplier Clearinghouse, Novitas, Palmetto, provider enrollment


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Geoff Purtill

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New CEO aims to restore confidence in Invacare

September 30, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ELYRIA, Ohio – Geoffrey Purtill, Invacare’s interim president and CEO, is the type of leader who keeps finding himself in turnaround situations and his current appointment is no different.  Purtill, who was named by the board of directors to replace Matt Monaghan in late August, has also led – and still does lead – the company’s Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific businesses.  “When I took over APAC, it didn’t have the proper foundation...

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John Brady

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DMEscripts: ‘We’re set up for success’ 

September 30, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

INDIANAPOLIS – DMEscripts is at the tipping point of driving “real scale” in the number of HME providers and referral sources adopting e-prescribing, says new CEO John Brady.  Brady believes the HME industry is now in the same position as the pharmacy industry in 2008, when it came together to form Surescripts and, over the course of the next several years, reached market acceptance.  “The future of DMEscripts is all about driving transactions,” said...

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Judi Knott

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BOC’s Judi Knott values people, providers 

September 30, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Judi Knott believes investing in the Board of Certification/Accreditation’s people, as well as the technology that empowers them, is key to growing the organization into the future.  Knott, who has more than 30 years of business development and marketing experience, including as BOC’s current chief strategy and marketing officer, will step in as the organization’s president and CEO in January.  “I greatly value the people at BOC who...

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In brief: Sleep rebound, Philips settlement, Invacare noncompliance 

September 30, 2022HME News Staff

NEW YORK – HME providers saw a 6.3% decline in their sleep patient volume in the last 12 months, but they expect double-digit growth in the next 12 months, according to the third quarter HME Sleep and Oxygen Survey from Needham.  The decline in sleep is mainly due to a shortage in flow generators. The eventual re-entry of Philips into the flow generator market appears likely to come mostly at the expense of smaller competitors rather than ResMed, according to the survey.  Respondents...

CPAP Therapy, Invacare stock, Philips settlement


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