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Newspoll: Medtrade re-establishes presence

April 19, 2024Theresa Flaherty

DALLAS – Back home from attending this year’s Medtrade, the majority of poll respondents who attended (80%) say the show had a positive vibe this year.  “It was easy to feel how many more people were present in general,” wrote one respondent. “Also, seeing many vendors return (in some cases, it had been over a decade!) was very telling.”  Medtrade, which took place March 26-28 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, drew more than 2,300...

Home Medical Equipment (HME), Medtrade


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Nick Bush

Vendors

Direct Supply looks to provide ‘real value’

April 19, 2024Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MILWAUKEE – Direct Supply Brands is dedicating more resources to the HME market in a sign the company is “here for the long haul” and is looking to deepen its relationships with providers, says Nick Bush.   “I’m excited,” said Nick Bush, director of business development. “The company wanted to make sure there was a role for us in HME, and not just in a time of need, and we’ve proven it.”   Direct Supply has been a long-time...

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Mickae Lee

Mobility

Mickae Lee on improving access: ‘(It) is the work I want to be right in the middle of’ 

April 19, 2024Tracy Orzel

LEBANON, Tenn. - Mickae Lee may be new to Permobil, but there’s nothing green about this seasoned complex rehab technology advocate. Even during her earliest days at NCART, Lee says she always knew she’d fight for access to CRT on some level for the rest of her career.  HME News spoke to the new senior manager of government affairs at Permobil about her 15 years in the industry and why she’s sticking with it.   HME News: What’s something you’re especially...

Complex Rehab Technology (CRT), Mickae Lee, Permobil


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Brian Finsterbusch

Providers

Q&A: Brian Finsterbusch’s commitment beyond conflict

April 19, 2024Tracy Orzel

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Finsterbusch, vice president of sales at JANZ and a former U.S. Army medic, spoke to HME News recently about the company’s $1 million donation in medical supplies and the personal reasons driving his commitment.  HME News: Can you share some of your background as an Army medic?  Brian Finsterbusch: I served as a combat medic stationed at Fort Sam Houston before relocating to Ohio with the 285th Area Support Medical Company. My experiences include...

Home Medical Equipment (HME), JANZ, Ukraine


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In brief: AdaptHealth CEO, Graham-Field acquisition, OPGA education

April 19, 2024HME News Staff

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – AdaptHealth has named Suzanne Foster as its CEO, taking over from interim CEO and chairman of the board Richard Barasch. Ms. Foster will assume leadership of the company from interim CEO and chairman of the board, Richard Barasch, on May 20. Foster brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience as a purpose-driven leader with a strong-track record of leading growth businesses in the healthcare market, specifically in-home care, life sciences, medical devices,...

AAHomecare, AdaptHealth, GF Health Products (Graham-Field), Orthotic & Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA)


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Laura Williard

Also Noted

AAHomecare promotes Williard

April 18, 2024HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has promoted Laura Williard to senior vice president of payer relations. “When we brought Laura on board to launch our payer relations program, I was very confident we were making a smart hire—but her contributions have proven to be even more significant than I expected,” said Tom Ryan, AAHomecare president & CEO. “Laura has made AAHomecare a force in advocating for HME at the state level and has increased our industry’s capacity to influence...

AAHomecare, Laura Williard


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Adam Miller

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OPGA members gain access to more education

April 18, 2024HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa— OPGA members can now access 20 complimentary CE courses through VGM Education. “OPGA is very grateful to have worked with VGM Education to expand this educational offering to serve our members’ need for education while also enhancing the value of OPGA membership,” says Adam Miller, president of OPGA. “This offering is an exclusive benefit for OPGA members and adds significant value to membership.” Worth more than $1,000, these courses are intended...

Orthotic & Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA), Orthotics, VGM Education


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Providers

AdaptHealth names new CEO

April 18, 2024HME News Staff

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – AdaptHealth has named Suzanne Foster as its CEO, taking over from interim CEO and chairman of the board Richard Barasch.  Ms. Foster will assume leadership of the company from interim CEO and chairman of the board, Richard Barasch, on May 20.  Foster brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience as a purpose-driven leader with a strong-track record of leading growth businesses in the healthcare market, specifically in-home care, life sciences, medical...

AdaptHealth, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Suzanne Foster


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New weight loss drug reduces AHI in certain patients

April 17, 2024HME News Staff

INDIANAPOLIS – Eli Lilly and Company’s tirzepatide injection diabetes and weight loss drug may help reduce AHI in patients with sleep apnea, according to the results of the company’s phase 3 clinical trials. The Surmount-OSA Study 1 evaluated tirzepatide in adults with moderate-to-severe OSA and obesity who were not on PAP therapy for 52 weeks. Tirzepatide led to a mean AHI reduction from baseline of 27.4 events per hour compared to a mean AHI reduction from baseline of 4.8 events...

Sleep Apnea, Tirzepatide, weight loss drugs


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Mississippi man charged in $70M Medicare fraud

April 17, 2024HME News Staff

TAMPA, Fla. – Joel Rufus French, 46, of Amory, Miss., has been charged for his alleged role in a fraud scheme of more than $70 million involving the payment of kickbacks and bribes to obtain doctors’ orders for medically unnecessary durable medical equipment. According to court documents, French allegedly managed multiple DME companies without disclosing his role to Medicare. He and his co-conspirators allegedly used the DME companies to bill Medicare for orthotic braces...

Home Medical Equipment (HME), Medicare fraud


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