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Goodbye NEMED

June 21, 2013Guest Commentary

The New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) celebrated a milestone birthday recently: 25 years of service to our members in New England. It's quite an accomplishment. I have been the executive director for 15 years, during which time we have weathered many storms and seen many successes. Within my first five years with NEMED, we tripled our membership, tripled our budget and tripled our staff. And we've been rockin' and rollin' ever since!I am passionate about this organization,...

Karyn Estrella, NEMED

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NEMED members 'right there to help' bombing victims

May 8, 2013HME News Staff

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - In the wake of the bombings in Boston, the New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) called on its members to provide assistance to victims injured in the attacks. Its members answered that call. “By the second day, BMC (Boston Medical Center) was calling NEMED to ask us to help coordinate because they had received so many offers of help from our members,” said Karyn Estrella, NEMED executive director, in a bulletin from The VGM Group. Invacare Corporation...

Baystate Home Infusion & Respiratory Services, Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston Medical Center, DME, HME, Invacare, NEMED, vgm group

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ISG deal opens up old wounds

January 25, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

TWINSBURG, Ohio - Some HME providers are on edge about the new ownership at Invacare Supply Group (ISG).AssuraMed, which completed its $150 million purchase of ISG in January, has two business units: Edgepark Medical Supply, which sells supplies direct to the consumer; and Independence Medical Supply, which sells supplies through the provider channel. While AssuraMed plans to fold ISG into Independence Medical, some providers worry about buying supplies from a company that is affiliated in some way...

AssuraMed, Charm Medical Supply, Edgepark Medical, Independence Medical, ISG, NEMED

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Top callers for MPP: Conn., N.C., Ala., N.Y., Minn.

December 12, 2012HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Connecticut came out on top during the Dec. 4 and 5 “Shutdown the Switchboard” event, according to a bulletin from The VGM Group. The event, spearheaded by VGM and NAIMES, urged industry stakeholders to call and tell their representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 6490, a bill that would replace the competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program (MPP). The states with the most reported calls were Connecticut (132), North Carolina (95), Alabama (94), New York (92) and...


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Industry ratchets up MPP talk

December 7, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - HME providers lit up the Capitol Hill switchboard Dec. 4 and 5 with one message: Support the market-pricing program (MPP).The VGM Group and NAIMES, which spearheaded the efforts, estimate that 1,177 and 200 calls were made, respectively. The state with the most calls was Connecticut (132). Staffers for Rep. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., told NEMED officials that he would take a closer look at H.R. 6490, a bill to replace the current competitive bidding program with MPP, as a result of...

aahomecare, CMS, Competitive Bidding, Glenn Thompson, Invacare, Jason Altmire, Market-pricing program, NAIMES, NEMED

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Give credit where it's due

June 22, 2012Karyn Estrella

Editor's note: Karyn Estrella sent the following letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on May 2.The New England Medical Equipment Dealers Association (NEMED) applauds you on the recent announcement of the finalization of the Community First Choice rule; however, we are concerned that the overlapping implementation of DME (HME) national competitive bidding will ultimately hurt the demonstration's success.NEMED is the regional trade association...

Competitive Bidding, Home Medical Equipment, NEMED

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Executive Session

The Easter Bunny pays a visit to Apria and Attends Healthcare

April 2, 2010Mike Moran

Do you know what a "dividend recapitalization is?" I didn't but I do now, and if you read a little further, you will, too. It's interesting. This issue comes up because last week I ran into news stories involving two industry companies: Attends Healthcare, a maker of adult incontinence items, and Apria. Attends recently arranged a $98 million "dividend recap" and Apria, pending shareholders approval, will do a $500 million dividend recap. Here's what Investopedia, an online investing dictionary,...

Dividend Recapitalization, Estrella, Executive Session, NEMED, Sen. Baucus

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