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Business Development

Tax credit could be boon for home modifications

September 22, 2017John Andrews

The home medical equipment industry is poised to benefit from the “aging in place” movement, especially on the home modification front. If Congress approves a proposed $30,000 tax credit for seniors to modify their homes, it could serve as motivation for more HME providers to enter the business, manufacturers say.Currently being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senior Accessible Housing Act (HR 1780) would “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a...

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Mobility

Making the case

August 28, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

On potential need“We're going to have 8.3 million people over 80 in 2030,” said Jim Greatorex, vice president of Accessible Home Improvement of America, a division of the VGM Group, “and we have homes for less than half of them that they can be safe in and live in and thrive in in their senior years.”On potential savings“For 75% percent of people over 65 who go to the ER, the cause of their visit is a slip or fall, something home modifications can help prevent,”...

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Group sets off movement for home modifications

July 7, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - A bill in the House of Representatives that would give seniors a $30,000 tax credit for modifying their homes to help them age in place now has some firepower behind it.A new group called HomesRenewed has been created, in part, to help raise awareness for the “Senior Accessible Housing Act,” which was introduced in late March by Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine.“H.R. 1780 is a starting place to make this a national issue,” said Louis Tenenbaum,...

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Mobility

Take home mods by the reins

January 27, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa - Look for an amped up presence from The VGM Group's Accessible Home Improvement of America in 2017.Jim Greatorex, formerly of VGM's Retail Services division and before that the owner of an HME company that worked with local contractors on home modifications, took the helm of AHIA in December.“This is a really good opportunity for providers,” said Greatorex, vice president of AHIA. “The home modifications market is going to be faster growing in the next 10 years than...

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Also Noted

Veterans Mobility Safety Act clears another hurdle

November 23, 2016HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Both the Senate and House of Representatives have now passed a version of the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, the VGM Group reported on Nov. 22. The bill requires Veterans Affairs to establish quality and safety standards for adaptive equipment and vehicles, including equipment quality and safety; certification of providers by third-party manufacturers or other organizations; training for VA personnel administering the program; and allowances for modifications at the veteran's residence. The...

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Business Development

Home accessibility presents dual-edge opportunity

September 23, 2016John Andrews

In their quest to increase cash revenues, HME providers are inquiring about home accessibility with increasing frequency, manufacturers say. Quietly coexisting alongside the mobility market, home modification typically hasn't been a core service line for providers, but the tumultuous Medicare environment has HME companies taking a fresh look at the business.“Without a doubt this is a growth market and we are focused on capturing a larger share of it,” said David Baxter, vice president...

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Mobility

'Aging in place' bill introduced

September 23, 2016Tracy Orzel

WASHINGTON - Baby boomers looking to make their homes more accessibe could receive a $30,000 tax credit for their troubles.Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., recently introduced H.R. 5254, entitled, “Senior Accessible Housing Act,” which would incentivize individuals 60 years of age and older to “age in place” via a $30,000 tax credit for home modifications. Potential modifications include the widening of doorways and the installation of ramps, handrails, grab bars and non-slip...

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Vendors

Market outlook: 'Ticking upward'

October 22, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

When The VGM Group launched Accessible Home Improvement of America six years ago, it was probably ahead of its time, acknowledges Jerry Keiderling.The year was 2009. It was one year after CMS's failed attempt to launch Round 1 of competitive bidding, and two years before the program eventually took off.“HME providers were still too worried about how they were going to survive Medicare cuts,” said Keiderling, president of the division. “It was hard to get people's attention.”But...

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AHIA brings tech to home mods biz

October 2, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa - The VGM Group's Accessible Home Improvement of America will launch an app for the iPad at Medtrade later this month that will go a long way toward streamlining and standardizing the home modifications business.One of the main functionalities of the app is to help users create and send estimates to payers and cash-paying customers.“Right now, they get everything from simple one-figure estimates to lengthy estimates,” said President Jerry Keiderling. “They want to...

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AHIA to launch home-mods app

September 8, 2015HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - Accessible Home Improvement of America will launch a new app called Live at Home on Oct. 26 at Medtrade. The app will enable home modification experts to do more work right in the client's home, including designing on site; taking photos and inserting recommendations; and generating email proposals, according to a press release from The VGM Group. “This is a solution for members in the field looking for an easy-to-use, streamlined assessment and sales tool that is capable of...

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