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Reliable Medical marches further west

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Reliable Medical marches further west

May 20, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MINNEAPOLIS – Reliable Medical has staked a claim in California with its acquisition of Hometown Medical Supplies, a San Jose-based provider of primarily mobility equipment.  Right out of the gate, Reliable Medical will add three ATPs to Hometown Medical’s four ATPs, expanding the company’s ability to serve complex rehab patients from locations in San Jose, Los Angeles, Visalia and Stockton.  “There’s a strong demand in this market,” said Katie...

Hometown Medical Supplies, Katie Stevens, M&A, Reliable Medical


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Viemed balances business, wins at QIC level 

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Viemed balances business, wins at QIC level 

May 20, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LAFAYETTE, La. – Viemed’s latest growth figures signal that business is returning to something close to normal, company execs said during a recent call to discuss first quarter financial results for 2022.  The company reported core net revenues increased 18% compared to the same period last year.  “To sum up the overall theme of the first quarter, I would say execution, fueled by demand, driven by return-to-normal course of business,” said CEO Casey Hoyt.  Viemed...

Appeals, Financial Results, Qualified Independent Contractor, Viemed Healthcare


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Complex rehab update: What is the delay?

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Complex rehab update: What is the delay?

May 20, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Rep. Jim Langevin, R-R.I., each had calls with CMS officials this month to stress the need for the agency to take the next step in reconsidering the national coverage determination for mobility assistive equipment to include seat elevation and standing systems.  Last fall, Duckworth and Langevin orchestrated letters in the Senate and House, respectively, asking CMS to seek public comment on the ITEM Coalition’s request to reconsider...

mobility assistive equipment, National coverage determination, seat elevation, standing systems


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Former Aetna exec on improving outcomes

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Former Aetna exec on improving outcomes

May 20, 2022Tracy Orzel, Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - Social determinants like loneliness and isolation can be as lethal as smoking a pack of cigarettes per day, says Dr. Robert Mirsky, who recently joined Better Health’s board of advisors.  HME News spoke to Dr. Mirsky, former chief medical officer of Aetna Medicare, about his personal experience with social determinants and how Better Health’s peer support program can help.  HME News: How did you get interested in social determinants?  Dr. Robert...

Better Health, Dr. Robert Mirsky, social determinants of health


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 In brief: VGM searches, sleep study questions, Quipt accelerates

May 20, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Group has begun a nationwide search for a new president to lead its VGM & Associates division.  Clint Geffert, who joined VGM in 2012, has announced his resignation to pursue a new role with a manufacturer and distributor in the HME industry. Geffert spent his time as president focused on identifying solutions for VGM members, so they could focus on providing high quality care at a better cost.  “Clint remains a friend to VGM and a valued leader in...

Clint Geffert, CPAP Therapy, Quipt Home Medical, The VGM Group


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Sleep study questions adherence requirements 

May 19, 2022HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – Sleep apnea sufferers can gain health benefits from PAP treatment in as little as two hours per night, according to a study led by ResMed and presented at the American Thoracic Society’s annual international conference.  Researchers found:  The minimum PAP usage threshold for benefit was two to three hours per night (up to 50% lower than the four hours required by CMS and many private insurers to prove adherence);  Benefits begin at two hours of nightly...

Adherence, PAP treatment, ResMed, Sleep Apnea


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Walmart, American Diabetes Association partner on program for businesses

May 19, 2022HME News Staff

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – MeMD, a national telehealth provider that’s part of the Walmart Health family, has launched the Walmart Health Virtual Care Diabetes Program to better provide for patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and assist employers and other institutions supporting the specific health needs of their employees.  Available as a standalone or as part of a comprehensive medical and behavioral telehealth program, the Walmart Health Virtual Care Diabetes Program was developed...

American Diabetes Association, Diabetes, Telehealth, virtual care, walmart


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Smart insole for diabetics receives honor 

May 19, 2022HME News Staff

GREENVILLE, S.C. – XtremedX’s temperature and pressure (TAP) sensing insole for diabetics was recently named a Top 20 New Diabetic Device for 2022 by the Diabetes Center Berne (DCB) in Berne, Switzerland. XtremedX’s TAP sensing insole was one of only two products selected from the U.S. chosen by a panel of judges who are leading experts in diabetes care. "We're honored that we've been selected by the Diabetes Center Berne for this innovation challenge among all of the other...

diabetic insole, XtremedX


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People news: Inogen, Drive DeVilbiss 

May 19, 2022HME News Staff

Agnes Lee has been named senior vice president of investor relations and strategic planning for Inogen. “I am excited to welcome Agnes to the Inogen team as we continue to strengthen our strategic planning capabilities, further execute against our growth initiatives and communicate our strategy internally and externally, all with the overarching goal of transforming Inogen and driving shareholder value,” said Nabil Shabshab, president and CEO. “Agnes brings extensive medical technology...

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VGM launches search to replace Geffert

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VGM launches search to replace Geffert

May 18, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM Group has begun a nationwide search for a new president to lead its VGM & Associates division.  Clint Geffert, who joined VGM in 2012, has announced his resignation to pursue a new role with a manufacturer and distributor in the HME industry. Geffert spent his time as president focused on identifying solutions for VGM members, so they could focus on providing high quality care at a better cost.  “Clint remains a friend to VGM and a valued leader in...

Member services, VGM & Associates, vgm group


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