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Mobility

Stakeholders ask CMS to make seat elevation a priority

October 9, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON - The ITEM Coalition's Peter Thomas is bullish on a recent formal request to reconsider the national coverage determination for mobility assistive equipment to include power seat elevation and power standing systems for Group 3 power wheelchairs. “We believe coverage of these features is inevitable - there's no question they will be covered in the future - and we believe CMS should be leading in this respect,” said Thomas, a principal at Powers Law Firm and coordinator...

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Broda funds seating research

January 10, 2020HME News Staff

KITCHENER, Ontario - Broda has committed to contributing CA$15,000 to fully fund the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation Research Grant in 2020. “This is a special opportunity to work with an outstanding organization to advance the level of knowledge in an often-overlooked area that desperately needs rigorous research,” said Nick Hoffmeyer, vice president of marketing. Proposed research objectives include demonstrating the care benefits of tilt wheelchairs in long-term care; demonstrating...

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Revised wheelchair seating standard published

May 31, 2019HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The American National Standard Institute (ANSI) has approved the revision and publication of the ANSI/RESNA WC-3 standard after five years of collaboration across wheelchair seating experts. The newly expanded volume includes improvements and clarifications, as well as new test methods for characterizing seating support surfaces. “Unlike most standards and regulations, these standards are created by the people who need them and use them, including clinicians, engineers, academics,...

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Buy the book: Therapists publish guide

November 21, 2017Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - There's a new Bible on seating and mobility.Therapists and ATPs Michelle Lange and Jean Minkel published a clinical resource guide on seating and mobility in November through SLACK Books, part of the Healio Network, that spans a whopping 440 pages.“There are a number of assistive technology books on the market, but some of them haven't been updated in awhile and many of them dedicate only one chapter to seating and mobility,” said Lange, OTR/L ABDA ATP/SMS, who practices...

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PMDRX launches seating eval tool

March 22, 2016HME News Staff

GLENDALE, Ariz. - PMDRX has launched the Therapist Functional Mobility and Seating Evaluation tool. The cloud-based tool will enable therapists to assess all parameters of clinical assessment to determine patient-specific seating and mobility needs, according to a press release. Upon completing the evaluation, therapists can auto-format the completed exam into a CMS-compliant report of the assessment, and will be able to electronically authenticate and sign the final documentation with their password-protected...

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Writing 'the next chapter' in seating

March 20, 2015Tracy Orzel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 2,000 people from 37 countries flew into Nashville, Tenn., in February for the 31st International Seating Symposium. Mark Schmeler, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation and ISS course director, spoke with HME News about this year's conference and what the future holds for wheelchair seating and mobility.HME News: What was the theme of this year's conference?Mark Schmeler: The theme was “The Next Chapter.” This year...

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Vendors

Drive Medical becomes more Specialised

January 27, 2015HME News Staff

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Drive Medical has acquired U.K.-based Specialised Orthotic Services (SOS), a manufacturer and distributor of specialized seating and mobility products.“The acquisition of Specialised Orthotic Services extends our already significant presence in Europe and expands our portfolio of products in the specialized seating and rehabilitation market,” stated Harvey Diamond, CEO of Drive Medical, in a press release.The acquisition complements Drive Medical's Wenzelite line...

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Matrix reimagines seating

March 7, 2014Liz Beaulieu, Editor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The U.K.-based Matrix Seating has had an outpost here for about four years, but it wasn't until recently that it had an appropriate product for sale and a support system to back it up.Matrix Seating USA has completed beta testing for a next-generation seating system called the Easy Fit that President Greg Sims says has all the benefits of a custom-molded seating system without all of the headaches.“It's what we've always dreamed of from an ATP standpoint,” said Sims,...

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Hold on to your seat!

September 26, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

The average reduction for seat cushions across the nine competitive bidding areas: Standard power wheelchairs K0734: 15.89% K0735: 25.24% K0736: 15.52% K0737: 16.43% Complex power wheelchairs K0734: 9% K0735: 8.18% K0736: 8.44% K0737: 8.69% The reductions aren't anywhere near the average reduction of 32% for all product categories, but Tom Borcherding, president of The ROHO Group, says: "1.) These are accessories, and, therefore, did not impact the bid weights to any significant...

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