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Study boosts case for telehealth for complex rehab 

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Study boosts case for telehealth for complex rehab 

January 11, 2021HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH – Telehealth can be effective in providing complex rehab technology, including custom-designed and custom-fitted manual and power wheelchairs, to veterans, according to two recent studies published in the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. The first study involved a cohort of veterans with disabilities who were assessed by a therapist through telehealth in their home for CRT and then compared to a matched sample of non-veterans who were assessed through traditional in-person...

complex rehab, Mark Schmeler, telehealth, University of Pittsburgh


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Mobility

NMEDA brings in UPitt to boost education, training

October 21, 2020HME News Staff

TAMPA, Fla., and PITTSBURGH - The Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology in the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will oversee the education and training programs offered by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. The agreement calls for UPitt's Amy Lane, an occupational therapist and certified driver rehabilitation specialist, who manages and operates SHRS's Adaptive Driving Program, to serve as NMEDA's director of education and training,...

Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, University of Pittsburgh, vehicle modifications


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ISS reschedules for Oct. 26, 2021

October 7, 2020HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH - The 37th International Seating Symposium, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, has been rescheduled for Oct. 26-30, 2021, in Pittsburgh. The main conference will begin on Oct. 28 and end mid-day on Oct. 30. Pre-conference workshops will take place Oct. 26-27. “We attempted to confirm that the revised schedule does not directly conflict with other events; however, the October 2021 dates are the only option to reschedule the 37th ISS,” said Mark Schmeler, associate professor/vice...

assistive technology, complex rehab, International Seating Symposium, seating and mobility, University of Pittsburgh


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New app supports users in selecting manual wheelchairs

June 24, 2020HME News Staff

NEW YORK - The United Spinal Association and the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh have co-developed a new app that informs and encourages consumers and their families to play an active role in buying, using and maintaining their manual wheelchairs. “As a national nonprofit serving people with spinal cord injuries and disorders, we know how important having a properly fitted manual wheelchair is in pursuing a healthy, active and independent...

app, manual wheelchairs, United Spinal Association, University of Pittsburgh


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UPitt launches new wheelchair network

January 8, 2015HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh will create an International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP), it announced in December. “For at least the last 30 years, there has been a need for an international society to help improve the quality of wheelchair service delivery, standardize and coordinate services, and improve the quality of wheelchairs,” stated Rory Cooper, a faculty member at UPitt who will serve as co-director of the ISWP. The project is being funded by a...

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MedCare adds new partner

March 4, 2013HME News Staff

GREENSBURG, Pa. - MedCare Equipment Company, an HME provider based here, has added the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) as a partner, according to a press release. Since 2008, MedCare has grown through partnerships with area hospitals and healthcare providers, all of whom have a share in the company's operations and business success. Other partners include Excela Health, Conemaugh, Heritage Valley and Butler. With the latest addition, MedCare now serves 35,000 patients annually and...

Butler, Conemaugh, Excela Health, Heritage Valley, MedCare Equipment Company, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC


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Mobility

Researchers call for re-evaluating wheelchair policies

May 3, 2012HME News Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Recent changes in Medicare reimbursement policy, including competitive bidding, may be contributing to a sharp increase in the number of wheelchair breakdowns, according to a study released this week.About 53% of wheelchair users reported one or more breakdowns that required repairs per six-month period from 2006-11, up from 45% from 2004-06, according to the study, which will be published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in June.“This paper...

CMS, hme, mobility, rehab, University of Pittsburgh, wheelchairs


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On the Editor's Desk

This is the kind of stuff you can take to the bank

December 27, 2010Liz Beaulieu, Editor

It won't surprise complex rehab providers that skin protecting wheelchair cushions help reduce the development of pressure ulcers. That's the conclusion of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who recently published the results of their study of 180 nursing home residents using skin protecting cushions vs. segmented foam cushions in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. But what about referral sources? What about payers? Providers can tell referral sources and payers, until they're...

On The Editor's Desk, outcomes data, pressure ulcers, research, seating cushions, University of Pittsburgh


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