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Wheelchair repair: Stakeholders work to introduce bill in Iowa

January 17, 2024HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa – Industry stakeholders are working with state Rep. Brian Best to introduce a bill related to insurance coverage for the maintenance and repair of complex rehabilitation technology wheelchairs, according to a MAMES bulletin. Among other things, the bill seeks to provide all definitions such as “complex rehabilitation technology wheelchair,” “qualified complex rehabilitation technology wheelchair supplier” or “qualified supplier”...

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MAMES event thrives, draws record numbers

May 3, 2023HME News Staff

DULUTH, Minn. – The MAMES 2023: Thriving Together Conference & Display Hall drew a record-breaking number of provider attendees, says the association.  The event, which took place April 26-28 in Des Moines, Iowa, also reported record-breaking numbers of exhibitors and sponsors.  “Thank you to the members for taking the time from your busy schedule and joining us in Des Moines last week for the MAMES Conference & Display Hall,” said MAMES in its weekly bulletin. “We...

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Last call for MAMES board nominations

March 23, 2023HME News Staff

STILLWATER, Minn. – MAMES seeks nominations for directors for its board of directors from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The association also seeks an associate member. All positions are for a three-year term, from 2023-26. The deadline to complete applications is March 31. The board meets up to four times each year: prior to the Spring Conference and Fall Conference; and up to two other times, either virtually or face-to-face. MAMES will conduct the annual election of the...

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‘All together again’ at MAMES fall conference 

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˜All together again™ at MAMES fall conference

October 11, 2022HME News Staff

WELCH, Minn. – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services & Supplies hosted more than 250 attendees for its fall conference and display hall Oct. 5-7 at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino. “It was amazing to see over 250 of our members – our second-highest attendance on record – all together again, learning, teaching, networking and interacting as friends, colleagues and MAMES family members,” said Rose Schafhauser, executive director. The event’s...

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Thune discusses challenges with HME providers 

June 30, 2022HME News Staff

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., met with MAMES members in Sioux Falls, S.D., on June 29 to discuss the critical issues facing the HME industry.  Members, as well as executives from AAHomecare and The VGM Group, discussed critical staffing shortages, cost increases and surcharges, flawed reimbursement rates and burdensome documentation requirements.  “Sen. Thune spent an hour listening to MAMES members explain how they were an integral part of the health care...

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In brief: Cost pressures, acquisitions, diversity

May 13, 2022HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – The cost of delivering home medical equipment continues to rise, according to the results of a new survey from VGM & Associates.  The survey of nearly 100 HME providers in eight regions of the U.S. looked at the increase in cost of goods, employee wages and freight, as well as cost of delivery per mile, PPE and average wages.   “While I suspected the various costs and related factors in securing appropriate HME delivery services would increase –...

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MAMES elects board members

May 11, 2022HME News Staff

DES MOINES, Iowa – MAMES held its annual board of directors election at its recent conference and exhibition. The association welcomed the following members at the conference:  Minnesota: Jesse Neumann, Corner Home Medical  Associate director (represents MAMES associate members on the board): Jay Kopriva, VGM & Associates  Board members re-elected to the board for another three-year term:  Kansas: Sam Cress, Cherub Medical Supply  Minnesota: Jacques Beasley,...

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MAMES looks good for 40

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MAMES looks good for 40

April 29, 2022Tracy Orzel

DULUTH, Minn. – The Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services & Supplies celebrated 40 years at its conference and exhibition last week in Des Moines, Iowa.   Forty years ago, a supplier named R.D. Dick Herrington sent a letter to Missouri and Kansas suppliers asking to meet and discuss some of the issues facing the HME industry. They met in July and by September they had a certificate of incorporation. Today, that organization is known as MAMES.  “There’s...

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Cherub Medical talks supply chain concerns

January 25, 2022HME News Staff

SHAWNEE, Kan. – Cherub Medical Supply hosted Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., on Jan. 24 to discuss the impact of supply chain challenges on its business and patients, according to a release from Davids and MAMES.  In addition to Sam Cress of Cherub Medical, Nick Hulsing of Reliable Medical Supplies and Rose Schafhauser of MAMES attended the meeting.  “As a small business caring for medically fragile children in Kansas City, we have faced many issues due to rising costs, semiconductor...

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In brief: Philips recall, Senate honor, NPWT bill

July 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – VGM has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite its approval process for a replacement foam for respiratory devices affected by the Philips recall.  “We are requesting accelerated approval from the FDA for this critical replacement component for approved technicians to rapidly start the process of replacing/repairing all recalled units,” states VGM in a letter to the agency.  Philips on June 14 announced a voluntary recall of certain...

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