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Health system opens home medical shop 

June 27, 2022HME News Staff

MASON CITY, Iowa – MercyOne Albert Lea Home Medical Shop has opened at the southeast entrance to the mall in Albert Lea. At the shop, customers will find medical equipment to make life at home easier, including bathroom aids, walkers, breast pumps and more. For CPAP, BiPAP, oxygen and ventilator needs, there are respiratory therapists on staff. “We look forward to continuing our commitment to the area by adding our home medical shop to the list of services MercyOne has to offer,”...

Durable Medical Equipment, MercyOne, respiratory therapists

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Role of RTs expanding in new 02 climate

July 25, 2016John Andrews

Respiratory therapists are feeling the greatest impact from the new austere environment for oxygen provision, as efforts to cut costs are changing their roles and workloads, says Vernon Pertelle, president and CEO of StratiHealth, a Los Angeles-based consulting and healthcare administration firm.For sheer context on healthcare operations, Pertelle has a panoramic view of the continuum. Before founding StratiHealth in 2012, he spent more than two decades in executive positions for Kaiser Permanente,...

Home oxygen therapy, respiratory therapists, Vernon Pertelle

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Trial seeks to promote respiratory therapists

May 16, 2014Leah Hoenen

LOS ANGELES - A new trial is examining the value of respiratory therapists, but its sponsor hopes it will lead the HME industry to think more about clinical services than reimbursement.Industry veteran Vernon Pertelle's company StratiHealth is behind a trial to determine the benefit of education and case management by respiratory therapists on improvements in health outcomes and quality of life for COPD patients. Enrollment by invitation began in March, and StratiHealth wants 100 patients to complete...

Clinical Services, respiratory therapists, trial, Vernon Pertelle

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It's time for RTs to get proactive

April 26, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Zach Gantt grew up in a family of respiratory therapists who owned DME companies and was cleaning and filling oxygen tanks by age 12. Gantt, vice president of health management services for Alana Healthcare, was recently elected president of the Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care. Gantt took a breather recently to tell HME News why it's so important for RTs to get onboard with healthcare changes.HME News: Why doesn't COPD get more attention?Zach Gantt: For most people, their idea of COPD is somebody...

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Game’s changing for home oxygen

March 28, 2011Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ORLANDO - Much has been made of the Medicare reimbursement (or the increasing lack thereof) for home oxygen therapy. But what about the benefits of this therapy, when it's done right? Shouldn't physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists be focusing on that? And if they do, won't reimbursement take care of itself? Bob McCoy thinks so. Here's what McCoy, a respiratory therapist and the managing director of Valley Inspired Products, had to say about this “game-changing” conversation. HME...

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